Robert A. Hillman

Robert A. Hillman


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Robert A. Hillman earned a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1972.  After graduating, he clerked for the Hon. Edward C. McLean and the Hon. Robert J. Ward in the Southern District of New York.  After practicing as an attorney in New York City, he joined the faculty of University of Iowa College of Law.  He taught at Iowa from 1975 until 1982, when he joined the faculty of Cornell Law School.  His work focuses on contract law.



Robert S. Summers & Robert A. Hillman, Contract and Related Obligation: Theory, Doctrine, and Practice, 6th ed. (West 2011)
Robert A. Hillman, Principles of Contract Law, 2d ed. (West 2009)
Robert A. Hillman, The Richness of Contract Law: An Analysis of Contemporary Theories of Contract Law (Kluwer Academic 1997)
Robert A. Hillman, Julian B. McDonnell, & Steve H. Nickles, Common Law and Equity Under the Uniform Commercial Code (Warren, Gorham & Lamont 1985)
Robert A. Hillman, Contract Remedies, Equity, and Restitution in Iowa (University of Iowa 1979)


Robert A. Hillman & Maureen O'Rourke, "Defending Disclosure in Software Licensing," 78 U. Chi. L. Rev. 95 (2011)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Law in Context: The Case of Software Contracts," 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 669 (2010)
Robert A. Hillman & Maureen O'Rourke, "Principles of the Law of Software Contracts: Some Highlights," 84 Tul. L. Rev. 1519 (2009-2010)
Robert A. Hillman & Maureen O'Rourke, "Rethinking Consideration in the Electronic Age," 61 Hastings L.J. 311 (2009-2010)
Robert A. Hillman, "Maybe Dick Speidel Was Right about Court Adjustment," 46 San Diego L. Rev. 595 (2009)
Robert A. Hillman, "U.C.C. Article 2 Express Warranties and Disclaimers in the Twenty-First Century," 11 Duq. Bus. L.J. 167 (2008-2009)
Robert A. Hillman & Ibrahim Barakat, "Warranties and Disclaimers in the Electronic Age," 11 Yale J.L. & Tech. 1 (2008-2009)
Robert A. Hillman, "How to Create a Commercial Calamity," 68 Ohio St. L.J. 335 (2007)
Robert A. Hillman, "Online Boilerplate: Would Mandatory Website Disclosure of E-Standard Terms Backfire?," 104 Mich. L. Rev. 837 (2005-2006)
Robert A. Hillman, "The Many Dimensions of Private Law," 40 Can. Bus. L.J. 384 (2004)
Robert A. Hillman, "Enriching the Contracts Course," 26 U. Haw. L. Rev. 435 (2003-2004)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Lore," 30 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 8 (2003-2004)
Robert A. Hillman, "Rolling Contracts," 71 Fordham L. Rev. 743 (2002-2003)
Robert A. Hillman, "The Rhetoric of Legal Backfire," 43 B.C. L. Rev. 819 (2001-2002)
Robert A. Hillman, "Comment: More in Defense of U.C.C. Methodology," 62 La. L. Rev. 1153 (2001-2002)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Lore," 27 J. Corp. L. 505 (2001-2002)
Robert A. Hillman & Jeffrey J. Rachlinski, "Standard-Form Contracting in the Electronic Age," 77 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 429 (2002)
Robert A. Hillman, "Enriching Case Reports," 44 St. Louis U. L.J. 1197 (2000)
Robert A. Hillman, "Limits of Behavioral Decision Theory in Legal Analysis: The Case of Liquidated Damages," 85 Cornell L. Rev. 717 (1999-2000)
Robert A. Hillman, "The Unfulfilled Promise of Promissory Estoppel in the Employment Setting," 31 Rutgers L.J. 1 (1999-2000)
Robert A. Hillman, "The New Conservatism in Contract Law and the Process of Legal Change," 40 B.C. L. Rev. 879 (1998-1999)
Robert A. Hillman, "Questioning the New Consensus on Promissory Estoppel: An Empirical and Theoretical Study," 98 Colum. L. Rev. 580 (1998)
Robert A. Hillman, "Comments in Reply," 48 J. Legal Educ. 152 (1998)
Robert A. Hillman & Robert S. Summers, "The Best Law School Subject," 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 735 (1997-1998)
Robert A. Hillman, "What the Knicks Debacle of '97 Can Teach Students about the Nature of Rules," 47 J. Legal Educ. 393 (1997)
Robert A. Hillman, "Sales Law in Transition," 22 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 15 (1995-1996)
Robert A. Hillman, "Triumph of Gilmore's the Death of Contract," 90 Nw. U. L. Rev. 32 (1995-1996)
Robert A. Hillman, "Instinct with an Obligation and the Normative Ambiguity of Rhetorical Power," 56 Ohio St. L.J. 775 (1995)
Robert A. Hillman, "Standards for Revising Article 2 of the U.C.C.: The Nom Clause Model," 35 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1509 (1993-1994)
Robert A. Hillman, "Looking Back from Twenty Years Out," 19 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 13 (1992-1993)
Robert A. Hillman, "Bankruptcy Discharge: A Brief Historical Sketch," 18 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 2 (1991-1992)
Robert A. Hillman & Kevin M. Clermont, "Why Law Teachers Should Teach Undergraduates," 41 J. Legal Educ. 289 (1991)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Excuse and Bankruptcy Discharge," 43 Stan. L. Rev. 99 (1990-1991)
Robert A. Hillman, "Empiricism in Bankruptcy," 75 Cornell L. Rev. 1095 (1989-1990)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Modification and Self-Help Specific Performance: A Reaction to Professor Narasimhan," 75 Cornell L. Rev. 62 (1989-1990)
Robert A. Hillman, "A Practical View of Impracticability," 16 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 2 (1989-1990)
Robert A. Hillman, "Crisis in Modern Contract Theory," 67 Tex. L. Rev. 103 (1988-1989)
Robert A. Hillman, "Article 29(2) of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: A New Effort at Clarifying the Legal Effect of No Oral Modification Clauses," 21 Cornell Int'l L.J. 449 (1988)
Robert A. Hillman, "Court Adjustment of Long-Term Contracts: An Analysis under Modern Contract Law," 1987 Duke L.J. 1 (1987)
Robert A. Hillman & Ronald J. Allen, "Evidentiary Problems in-and Solutions for-the Uniform Commercial Code," 1984 Duke L.J. 92 (1984)
Robert A. Hillman, "An Analysis of the Cessation of Contractual Relations," 68 Cornell L. Rev. 617 (1982-83)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contracts of Indefinite Duration: Protecting against Wrongful Terminations," 10 Cornell Law Forum (Faculty ed.) 2 (1983-1984)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Modification Under the Restatement (Second) of Contracts," 67 Cornell L. Rev. 680 (1981-82)
Robert A. Hillman, "Debunking Some Myths About Unconscionability: A New Framework for U.C.C. Section 2-302," 67 Cornell L. Rev. 1 (1981-82)
Robert A. Hillman, "A Study of Uniform Commercial Code Methodology: Contract Modification under Article Two," 59 N.C. L. Rev. 335 (1980-1981)
Robert A. Hillman, "Contract Modification in Iowa-Recker v. Gustafson and the Resurrection of the Preexisting Duty Doctrine," 65 Iowa L. Rev. 343 (1979-1980)
Robert A. Hillman, "Policing Contract Modifications under the UCC: Good Faith and the Doctrine of Economic Duress," 64 Iowa L. Rev. 849 (1978-1979)
Robert A. Hillman, "Construction of the Uniform Commercial Code: UCC Section 1-103 and Code Methodology," 18 B.C. Indus. & Com. L. Rev. 655 (1976-1977)
Robert A. Hillman, "Keeping the Deal Together after Material Breach - Common Law Mitigation Rules, the UCC, and the Restatement (Second) of Contracts," 47 U. Colo. L. Rev. 553 (1975-1976)
Robert A. Hillman, "Admissibility of Evidence Seized by Private University Officials in Violation of Fourth Amendment Standards," 56 Cornell L. Rev. 507 (1970-1971)