Professor Barton came to California Western in 1990 from West
Virginia University College of Law, where he was the Roscoe P. and Hale
J. Posten Professor of Law. In addition to teaching contracts law and problem-solving topics, his interests in professional responsibility and
forms of social control reflect his expansive knowledge of the social,
historical, and intellectual contexts of law.
Barton has published numerous articles and essays dealing with legal
and political philosophy, legal sociology, and problem solving. During
law school, he was a member of the Cornell Law Review. Barton practiced
taxation and antitrust law in New York state before studying common
law as a problem-solving institution at Cambridge University.