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The Uniform Commercial Code governs billions of commercial transactions occurring throughout the United States every working day. The UCC can be broken down into two major categories—transactions in goods and payment systems. This course deals with Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which I believe is the most important Article of the Code for two reasons. First, Article 1 applies to every transaction under the UCC, regardless of the substantive Article governing a particular transaction. Second, the substantive provisions of Article 1 are extremely powerful in and of themselves and can have a powerful impact on drafting and litigation. It is essential to have a thorough understanding and methodology for applying Article 1 in all UCC cases. This program covers the following:
Publication Date: November 13, 2015
Length: 1hr 0min
While at the University of Chicago, Mr. LeVine studied with Professor Soia Mentschikoff, Associate Chief Reporter to the Uniform Commercial Code. Professor Mentschikoff went on to serve as the Permanent Consultant to the Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code and is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the UCC. This experience was invaluable in enabling Mr. LeVine to achieve a high level understanding of the meaning of the text, the underlying commercial policies, and the inter-relationships among the various Articles of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Shortly after graduation, Mr. LeVine accepted an associate position with the Miami based law firm of Shutts & Bowen, where LeVine was able to put his knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code to practical use. Shortly after joining the firm, LeVine was invited to teach the Uniform Commercial Code at the University of Miami School of Law by new Dean Soia Mentschikoff, who had left the University of Chicago to assume the post of Dean at the University of Miami School of Law. After two years as an adjunct professor law, Mr. LeVine became a full time faculty member.
While at the University of Miami, Mr. LeVine published An Operational Translation of the Uniform Commercial Code, the only law book in the history of legal education written in the form of a novel. This revolutionary approach has been recognized as uniquely valuable in a teaching the meaning of such a comprehensive statutory scheme as contained in the Uniform Commercial Code. The book received world recognized institutional and individual endorsements. During his time at the University of Miami, LeVine also did legal consulting for Miami based law firms on Uniform Commercial Code related matters as well as the Federal Regulation of Banking.
Mr. LeVine moved to California in 1982, where he continued to work in the legal community via publication of a series of articles on the Uniform Commercial Code in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the largest daily legal publication in California; presentation of UCC seminars to County Bar Associations throughout the State of California, and statewide legal consulting on UCC related matters for law firms and municipalities.
In 2001, LeVine relocated with his family to Bradenton, Florida. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position as an adjunct professor of law at the Stetson University College of Law where he taught courses in Sales, Leases and Secured Transactions until leaving in 2014. While at Stetson, LeVine completed an update and revisions of his UCC book, renaming it The Uniform Commercial Code Made Easy.
Through-out this time, Mr. LeVine also worked to help abused, neglected and incarcerated minors, and served as a consultant to the Los Angeles County Office of Education in which capacity LeVine spoke to at risk and incarcerated minors throughout California’s Juvenile Justice system, mainstream high school freshmen, and scholar athletes. From 2005-2010, LeVine also delivered intellectually based motivational presentations to professionals throughout the United States.
Today, Mr. LeVine continues his live and web based presentations to Bar Association throughout the United States, and continues to provide Uniform Commercial Code consultations for businesses and law firms on a national level.