James May

Professor of Law

Office: Room 399
Phone: 202-274-4222
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James May is professor of law, specializing in antitrust, U.S. Legal History and Contracts Law. Early in his career, Mays was an attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and senior staff assistant for the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures. He is author of many law review and other articles on antitrust law.



Areas of Specialization

  • Antitrust and Economic Regulation
  • Legal History

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1976
  • B.A., Carleton College 1973

  • + Selected Publications

    • Books

    • James May, Standard Oil Co. v. United States: The Supreme Court and the Foundations of a New American Society (University Press of Kansas forthcoming).
    • James May, The Story of Standard Oil Co. v. United States, in Antitrust Stories (Daniel A. Crane & Eleanor M. Fox, eds., 2007).
    • Other Publications

    • James May, Review Essay on Rudy Perwitz, Competition Policy in America, 1888-1992, __ Antitrust Bull. __ (forthcoming).
    • James May, The Factual Foundations of Competition Policy in America 1888-1992, 42 Antitrust Bull. 239 (1997).
    • James May, Science, Politics, and the Evolution of Law and Neoclassical Economics, 15 L. & Hist. Rev. 333 (1997).
    • James May, Redirecting the Future: Law and the Future and the Seeds of Change in Modern Antitrust, 17 Miss. C. L. Rev. 43 (1996).
    • James May, "Antitrust," "United States v. E.C. Knight Co.," "Fiscal and Monetary Powers," "Inverse Condemnation," "Ex Parte Quirin," & "Sherman Act", in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (K. Hall, Oxford U. Press 1992).
    • James May, Historical Analysis in Antitrust Law, 35 N.Y. L. Sch. L. Rev. 857 (1990).
    • James May, The Role of The States in the First Century of Sherman Act and the Larger Picture of Antitrust History, 59 Antitrust L.J. 93 (1990).
    • James May, Antitrust in the Formative Era: Political and Economic Theory in Constitutional and Antitrust Analysis, 1880-1918, 50 Ohio St. L.J. 257 (1989).
    • James May, Antitrust Practice and Procedure in the Formative Era: The Constitutional and Conceptual Reach of State Antitrust Law, 1880-1981, 135 U. Pa. L. Rev. 495 (1987).