A Clason Lecture

Professor Martha Ertman

University of Utah Law School

Delivered at Western New England University School of Law
March 20, 2006

Professor Martha M. Ertman is a national expert on the intersection of law and commodification.

In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, those things that are often considered priceless become objects to be marketed and from which to earn a profit. Ranging from black market babies to exploitative sex trade operations to the marketing of race and culture, Professor of Law Martha Ertman, coauthor of Rethinking Commodification (NYU Press 2005), challenges us to reexamine the traditional legal question: “To commodify or not to commodify?”

Ertman’s work explores contemporary issues, including intellectual property, reparations for slavery, organ transplants, and sex work. Her writing focuses on bridges between commercial law and intimate affiliation, suggesting ways that commercial models can improve family law, as well as feminist and gay/lesbian legal theory.


Martha Ertman

Prior to joining the faculty at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, professor Ertman clerked for the Honorable Peter H. Beer, a U.S. judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and practiced law in Denver and Seattle before becoming a law professor.

Professor Ertman earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Northwestern University.

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