Kauffman Fellow William Hubbard, '00, to Join Law School's Permanent Faculty

Hubbard Will Become an Assistant Professor of Law in July
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
May 3, 2011

The University of Chicago Law School will welcome another outstanding alumnus to its full-time faculty when William Hubbard, ’00, a law and economics scholar, joins the Law School this summer as an Assistant Professor of Law.

“We are thrilled to have someone with as much potential as William join the faculty to follow in the Law School’s rich law and economics tradition,” said Michael H. Schill, the Law School’s Dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law. “William will be part of our new generation of law and economics scholars who promise to revolutionize the field just as their predecessors did.”

Hubbard graduated with high honors in 2000 from the Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 2001-2006, Hubbard practiced law as a litigation associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, where he specialized in commercial litigation, electronic discovery, and appellate practice. In 2006, he began the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of Chicago. Hubbard already brought his expertise in law and economics to the Law School this year as Kauffman Fellow and Lecturer in Law.

“I cannot think of anyone in recent memory who has offered William’s combination of high-level legal practice experience, cutting edge interdisciplinary training, and deep curiosity,” said Deputy Dean and Professor of Law Lior Strahilevitz. “I believe he will be the great Civil Procedure scholar of his generation, and our students are going to adore his classes.”

This quarter, he is teaching Advanced Law and Economics: Theory and Practice, a seminar examining theoretical and empirical work in the economic analysis of law, with an emphasis on the study of legal practice itself. His current research focuses on the empirical study of courts and economic analysis of civil procedure. Hubbard, whose recent research investigated trends in college attainment and the returns to education among men and women, also continues to work on labor and education economics.

Hubbard will not be the sole member of the class of 2000 on the Law School faculty. His former classmate Anup Malani is Professor of Law and the Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago.</