"Sometimes the law on the books
matters a great deal; often it doesn't."
Stewart Macaulay is internationally recognized as a leader of the law-in-action approach to contracts. He is the author of one of the most important works of American legal thought, "Non-Contractual Relations in Business," an article selected as one of the 20 most influential articles in shaping American legal thinking in the twentieth century and among the 15 most-cited law review articles of all times.
Professor Macaulay is one of the founders of the modern law and society movement and part of the UW Law faculty group who put Wisconsin on the map as the place that brought social science to legal scholarship and brought scholars from various disciplines together.
Macaulay teaches Contracts I & II to first-year students, and also teaches Sociology of Law.