Photograph: Andrea J. Boyack.

Andrea J. Boyack

Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law
Professor of Law
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1991
M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 1995
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
Contact Information:
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Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Having practiced law for 13 years before starting to teach, I see the immense value of learning by doing. As a teacher/coach, and I encourage my students to fully engage and "get in the game" by situating legal doctrines and theories into the context of law practice. In class, I offer my students opportunities not to just "think" like a lawyer, but to advocate, write, negotiate and creatively problem solve – like a lawyer.

Professor Boyack has an extensive background practicing, teaching and writing about legal topics at the nexus of contract and property law. She has written and presented on issues relating to the housing crisis, the secondary mortgage market, common interest community governance, and bankruptcy, and is currently working on projects exploring transactional freedom and individual liberties in the context of real property development and control. Professor Boyack is an innovative teacher and is involved in the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning as well as other joint pedagogical projects focused on improving teaching in law schools. Professor Boyack has participated in Washburn Law's commercial law project in the Republic of Georgia, and was a featured presenter at Free University's 2013 Commercial Law Symposium in Tbilisi. She was voted Professor of the Year at Washburn Law in 2015.

Prior to joining the faculty at Washburn University School of Law, Professor Boyack taught Contracts, Property, Real Estate Transactions, Professional Responsibility and Public International Law as a visiting professor at Fordham University School of Law, George Washington University School of Law, and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She also taught Real Estate Finance as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

After graduating from University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Professor Boyack practiced corporate finance and real estate law for 13 years in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area with Reed Smith; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Goodwin Proctor; and O'Melveny & Myers and as in-house regional counsel to Toll Brothers, Inc., the largest publicly held national development company. While in law school, she was notes editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law and directed the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Professor Boyack also clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Professor Boyack is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is proficient in Russian.

Professor Boyack is Co-Director of the Business and Transactional Law Center.

Professor Boyack's Justice Quote:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Professor Boyack's Recommended Reading on Racial Justice:

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Debtor/Creditor Relations
  • Housing Law
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Barbados: Comparative Trade Law
  • Landlord Tenant Law
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