Charles Reid, Jr. portrait

Charles Reid, Jr.

Professor
Degree
J.D., Catholic University of America
J.C.L., Catholic University of America
Ph.D., History of Medieval Law, Cornell University
B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Office
MSL 340
Phone
(651) 962-4974
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4974
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Charles J. Reid, Jr. was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he majored in Latin, Classics, and History, and also did substantial coursework in classical Greek and modern European languages. It was during his undergraduate days that he developed an interest in canon law, doing a year of directed research in Roman and canon law under the supervision of James Brundage. 

Reid then attended the Catholic University of America, where he earned J.D. and J.C.L. (license in canon law) degrees. During his time at Catholic University, he organized a series of symposia on the bishops' pastoral letter on nuclear arms. The proceedings of these symposia were published under Reid's editorship as "Peace in a Nuclear Age: The Bishops' Pastoral Letter in Perspective" (Catholic University of America Press, 1986). This book was called by the New York Times "among the most scholarly and unsettling of responses" to the pastoral letter (December 28, 1986).

Reid then attended Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in the history of medieval law under the supervision of Brian Tierney. His thesis at Cornell was on the Christian, medieval origins of the western concept of individual rights. Over the last ten years, he has published a number of articles on the history of western rights thought, and is currently completing work on a book manuscript addressing this question.

In 1991, Reid was appointed research associate in law and history at the Emory University School of Law, where he has worked closely with Harold Berman on the history of western law. He collaborated with Professor Berman on articles on the Lutheran legal science of the sixteenth century, the English legal science of the seventeenth century, and the flawed premises of Max Weber's legal historiography.

While at Emory, Reid has also pursued a research agenda involving scholarship on the history of western notions of individual rights; the history of liberty of conscience in America; and the natural-law foundations of the jurisprudence of Judge John Noonan. He has also published articles on various aspects of the history of the English common law. He has had the chance to apply legal history in a forensic setting, serving as an expert witness in litigation involving the religious significance of Christian burial. Additionally, Reid has taught a seminar on the contribution of medieval canon law to the shaping of western constitutionalism. In 2017, Reid was a featured blogger at the Huffington Post on issues of religion, law and politics. His paper, "The Canonistic Contribution to the Western Rights Tradition: An Historical Inquiry," was translated into Mandarin Chinese in 2022 for the academic journal Gospel and Modern China in Hong Kong.

Charles Reid Curriculum Vitae

Fall 2022 Courses

Fall 2022 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 610 - 01 Contracts M - W - F - - 1030 - 1145 MSL 238

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M - W - F - -

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1030 - 1145

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

43697 (View in ClassFinder)

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Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

This course will examine the fundamental principles governing the enforcement of promises in the legal system. Students will explore topics such as the formation of con- tracts, excuses for performance of contractual obligations, breach of contracts, remedies for breach and the rights of third parties. In the context of contract law, students will develop their analytical skills using the common law, as well as statutory (e.g. the Uniform Commercial Code) and secondary (e.g., the Restatement (Second) of Contracts) authorities.

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LAWS 610 - 02 Contracts M - W - F - - 1330 - 1445 MSL 235

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1445

Location:

MSL 235

Course Registration Number:

43698 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

This course will examine the fundamental principles governing the enforcement of promises in the legal system. Students will explore topics such as the formation of con- tracts, excuses for performance of contractual obligations, breach of contracts, remedies for breach and the rights of third parties. In the context of contract law, students will develop their analytical skills using the common law, as well as statutory (e.g. the Uniform Commercial Code) and secondary (e.g., the Restatement (Second) of Contracts) authorities.

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LAWS 950 - 21 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

43764 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-term 2023 Courses

J-term 2023 Courses
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Spring 2023 Courses

Spring 2023 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 605 - 02 Constitutional Law See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

22780 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

This course will introduce students to the United States Constitution and to the role of courts in interpreting it. Students will examine the governmental structures set up by the Constitution, including the relationship between the federal and state governments and the relationship among branches of the federal government. The course will intro- duce students to the protection of individual rights under the Fourteenth Amendment in areas like racial, sexual and other forms of equality; implied rights of equality in voting; access to the courts; and rights of privacy in mat- ters like marriage, family and sexual activity. Students will develop skills in framing and responding to con- stitutional arguments and in evaluating the role of courts in making policy through constitutional decisions.

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MSL 3211330-1445M - W - - - -
MSL 3210900-1015- - - - F - -
LAWS 710 - 01 Jurisprudence M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 334

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M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 334

Course Registration Number:

22813 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

This course will consider the answers offered by leading legal philosophers to the question, "What is law?" Students will review the major jurisprudential schools, including natural law, both classical and modern, positivism, and the historical school, the philosophical foundation of English common law and the doctrine of precedent. The course will examine developments in jurisprudence such as legal realism, legal pragmatism, and law and economics. Additionally, students will consider the relationship of religious faith to law and belief in natural rights.

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LAWS 928 - 01 Jour. of Law and Public Policy - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

22850 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

1 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

The UST Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) seeks to advance the ideals embodied in the mission statement of the University of St. Thomas School of Law through the exploration of conservative legal thought, public policy, and social justice. JLPP is primarily a symposium-based journal, which promotes meaningful analysis of important policy and legal issues. The symposia also give the law school community a chance to reflect on issues closely connected with the mission and vision of the School of Law and ongoing policy debates. JLPP's Latin subtitle, which translates as “the laws depend not on being read, but on being understood,” is a core foundation of both its symposia and the works it publishes. Students are selected for membership through a write-on competition.

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LAWS 950 - 25 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

22939 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Charles J. Reid

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

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