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Sarah Jane Hughes

University Scholar and Fellow in Commercial Law
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sjhughes[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 855-6318
Baier Hall 266
A.B. at Mount Holyoke College, 1971
J.D. at University of Washington, 1974
Negotiable Instruments (B623)
Sales (B670)
Secured Transactions (B672)
Banking Law (B769)
White Collar Crime (B557)
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  • Earned her A.B. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College
  • Received her J.S. from the University of Washington, where she served on the board of editors for the Washington Law Review
  • Attorney-Advisor, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington (1974-1988)
  • Reporter, Standing Committee on Payments Systems, Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code (2003-present)
  • Elected member, American Law Institute (2000-present)
  • Member, American Bar Association liaison to the Money Services Act Drafting Committee

Professor Hughes is a dedicated and dynamic teacher, and for her enthusiastic focus on students she was honored with the Law School's Leon Wallace Teaching Award in 1993 and the graduating class's Gavel Award in 1996, 1997, and 2000. Her courses include Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, Regulated Industries--Banking Law, and White Collar Crime.

Hughes is also a nationally recognized expert on payment systems (domestic, international, Internet banking, smart cards, wire transfers, checks, embezzlement, and credit cards); public and private methods to deter, detect, and prosecute domestic and international money laundering; and consumer protection and financial privacy.

She is a member of the American Bar Association's Cyberspace Law Committee (where she co-chairs the Working Group in Electronic Payment Services, and of the Business Law, Antitrust and International Law Sections. In the ABA Business Law Section, she focuses on the areas of electronic commerce, payments systems, and the uniform commercial code.

Sarah Jane  Hughes
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