William H. J. Hubbard
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William H. J. Hubbard

Professor of Law

William H. J. Hubbard received his JD with high honors from the Law School in 2000, where he was executive editor of the Law Review. He clerked for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 2001 to 2006, he practiced law as a litigation associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, where he specialized in commercial litigation, electronic discovery, and appellate practice. From 2006 to 2011, he completed the PhD program in Economics at the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty in 2011, he was a Kauffman Legal Research Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the Law School.

Mr. Hubbard currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies. He teaches courses in civil procedure and has been an organizer for the Law and Economics Workshop. His current research primarily involves economic analysis of litigation, courts, and civil procedure. Other research interests include family, education, and labor economics.

EDUCATION

The University of Chicago
PhD in Economics, 2011

  • Institute for Human Studies, Humane Studies Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Knight Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Rosen Fellowship, 2007-2009
  • Lee Prize, Price Theory, 2007 (Top score on Core Exam)

The University of Chicago Law School
JD, high honors, 2000

  • Executive editor, Law Review, volume 67
  • Staff member, Law Review, volume 66
  • Order of the Coif
  • The Tony Patiño Fellowship
  • Bradley Foundation Fellowship

University of Southern California
BA and MA, summa cum laude in economics, 1997

  • USC Trustees' Award (first in class of 2,500)
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
  • National Merit Scholarship

School for International Training Harare and Charakupa, Zimbabwe
College Semester Abroad, 1995

EXPERIENCE

The University of Chicago Law School
Assistant Professor of Law and Ronald H. Coase Teaching Scholar, 2015-present
Assistant Professor, 2011-2015
Kauffman Legal Research Fellow, 2010-2011

Harvard Law School
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Fall 2015

Mayer Brown LLP Chicago, IL
Associate, 2001-2006

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Dallas, Texas
Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham, 2000-2001

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Intern for research department, summer 1995

Journal Articles

  • "Tribute to Omri Ben-Shahar," 46 Journal of Legal Studies 50 (2017) (with Edward Morrison).
  • "Sinking Costs to Force or Deter Settlement," 32 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 545 (2016).cu www
  • "A Fresh Look at Plausibility Pleading," 83 University of Chicago Law Review 693 (2016).ssrn cu
  • "The Discovery Sombrero and Other Metaphors for Litigation," 64 Catholic University Law Review 867 (2015).
  • "Judicial Noncompliance with Mandatory Procedural Rules under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act," 44 Journal of Legal Studies S87 (2015) (with M. Todd Henderson).cu www
  • "Yong Shik Lee, "Call for a New Analytical Model for Law and Development": A Comment," 8 Law & Development Review 271 (2015).
  • "Testing for Change in Procedural Standards, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Twombly," 42 Journal of Legal Studies 35 (2013).
  • "Optimal Class Size, Dukes, and the Funny Thing about Shady Grove," 62 DePaul Law Review 693 (2013).
  • "An Empirical Study of the Effect of Shady Grove v. Allstate on Forum Shopping in the New York Courts," 10 Journal of Law, Economics and Policy 15 (2013).
  • "Explaining the Worldwide Boom in Higher Education of Women," 4 Journal of Human Capital 203 (2010) (with Gary S. Becker & Kevin Murphy).
  • "The Market for College Graduates and the Worldwide Boom in Higher Education of Women," 100 American Economic Review 229 (2010) (with Gary S. Becker & Kevin Murphy).
  • "Another Look at the Eurobarometer Surveys," 50 Common Market Law Review 187 (2013).
  • "The Phantom Gender Difference in the College Wage Premium," 46 Journal of Human Resources 568 (2011).
  • Comment, "Civil Settlement During Rape Prosecutions," 66 University of Chicago Law Review 1231 (1999).

Working Papers

  • "Costly Signaling, Pleading, and Settlement," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 805 (2017).
  • "Costly Signaling, Pleading, and Settlement," University of Chicago Public Law & Legal Theory Paper Series, No. 622 (2017).
  • "Quantum Economics, Newtonian Economics, and Law," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 799 (2017).
  • "A Fresh Look at Plausibility Pleading," Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, No. 663 (2015).

“The Paradoxes, Real and Imagined, of Twombly and Iqbal,” Law, Behavior, and Social Science Colloquium at University of Illinois Law School, 22 April 2013; Conversations with Judges Workshop at University of Chicago Law School, 6 February 2013

“An Empirical Study of the Effect of Shady Grove v. Allstate on Forum Shopping in the New York Courts,” Colloquium on Erie Railroad v. Tompkins at American Enterprise Institute, 12 March 2013

“Two Models of Pleading,” Northwestern University Law and Economics Colloquium, 29 November 2012

“Another Look at the Eurobarometer Contract Law Survey Data,” European Contract Law: A Law-and-Economics Perspective at University of Chicago Law School and the Institute for Law and Economics, 27 April 2012

“Hearing on the Costs and Burdens of Civil Discovery,” Testimony to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and Subcommittee on the Constitution, 13 December 2011

“Too Big Not to Fail?,” The 22nd Annual DePaul Law Review Symposium: Class Action Rollback? Wal-Mart v. Dukes and the Future of Class Action Litigation, 24 February 2012

“The Problem of Measuring Legal Change, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Twombly,” Law and Economics Seminar at Harvard Law School, 31 January 2012; Center on Law, Economics, and Organization Workshop at USC Gould School of Law, 17 October 2011

 “The Market for College Graduates and the Worldwide Boom in Higher Education of Women,” New Directions in the Economic Analysis of Human Capital at American Economic Association Annual Meetings, January 2010

“The Phantom Gender Difference in the College Wage Premium,” Workshop in Applications of Economics at University of Chicago Economics Department, March 2009

“Preservation under the Federal Rules: Accounting for the Fog, the Pyramid, and the Sombrero”

“The Problem of Measuring Legal Change, with Application to Bell Atlantic v. Twombly

“The (Other) Paradoxes of Twombly and Iqbal

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Bar admissions, Illinois
  • American Economic Association
  • American Bar Association

EDITORIAL WORK

  • Editor, Journal of Legal Studies
  • Referee, Journal of Political Economy; Journal of Law and Economics; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; International Journal of the Economics of Business; Industrial Relations; International Review of Law and Economics; Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation; Harvard University Press