Mary Szto

Associate Professor
Phone: 651-523-2850


BA, Wellesley College (1981)
International Rotary Fellow, Chinese University, New Territories, Hong Kong (1981-1982)
MA, Westminster Theological Seminary (1983)
JD, Columbia University School of Law (1986)


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Professor Mary Szto teaches Contracts, Property, Torts, Business Organizations, and seminars in Chinese law, and race and the law. Her recent scholarship focuses on U.S. real estate agents and fiduciary duties; gender and the Chinese legal profession; and the relationship between traditional Chinese ritual and law.

She has also served on the faculties of Pepperdine and Regent Law Schools and spent time as a visiting professor at Hofstra, Santa Clara, Suffolk, Touro, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Xiamen University (China) Law Schools. Prior to entering teaching, Szto practiced commercial law in New York City and co-founded a legal aid organization.



Representing Chinese Real Estate Investors in the US, 23 Minn. J. Int’l. L. 173 (2014)
Chinese Ritual and the Practice of Law, 30 Touro L. Rev. 103 (2014) (symposium issue)
Real Estate Agents as Agents of Social Change: Redlining, Reverse Redlining and Greenlining, 11 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 1 (2013)
Contract in My Soup: Chinese Contract Formation and Ritual Eating and Drunkenness, 25 PACE INT'L L. REV. 1 (2013).
Chinese Women Lawyers and Judges as Priests, in FEMINISM, LAW AND RELIGION (Marie Failinger, Elizabeth Schiltz & Susan Stabile, eds., Ashgate Publishing 2013).
Strengthening the Rule of Virtue and Finding Chinese Law in ‘Other’ Places: Gods, Kin, Guilds, and Gifts, 35 SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L L. REV. 1 (2012).

Dual Real Estate Agents and the Double Duty of Loyalty, 41 REAL EST. L.J. 22 (2012).

Gender and the Chinese Legal Profession: From Heaven and Earth to Rule of Woman?, 18 TEX. J. WOMEN & L. 195 (2009).

Meiguo Cai Chan Fa (American Property Law), (2006). (with Chen Huiping, co-editor).
Limited Liability Company Morality: Fiduciary Duties in Historical Context, 23 QUINNIPIAC L. REV. 61 (2004).
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Towards a Global Bar: A Look at China, Germany, England and the United States, 14 IND. INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 585 (2004).
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Strategic Alliances: Legal and Ethical Challenges, 16 REGENT U. L. REV. 351 (2004).
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"Family" Law: Multi-Generational Teaching, THE LAW TEACHER (Fall 2003) at 6.

Lawyers as Hired Doves: Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount, 31 CUMB. L. REV. 27 (2000).
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The Advocate: A Biblical Approach to Legal Ethics, (Christian Legal Society, 1995).

The Culture of Disbelief (Book Review), 11 J. L. & RELIGION 449 (1995).
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