P.O. BOX 830902



Telephone: (402) 472-2161

Fax: (402) 472-5185



ABA Approved Since 1923


Large enough to offer students a diverse curriculum yet small enough to ensure that students are not lost in a faceless crowd, the College of Law of the University of Nebraska‑Lincoln offers an educational program designed to provide its students with the intellectual and practical skills necessary to meet the diverse challenges of a legal career.


The College of Law was founded in 1888 and became part of the University of Nebraska in 1891. The College was among the first law schools to be fully accredited by the American Bar Association and was a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. One of the College's early deans, native Nebraskan Roscoe Pound, earned a reputation as one of the foremost scholars and educators in the history of legal education.


From the days of Dean Pound to the present, the College of Law has been the professional home of an energetic and nationally recognized faculty, drawn from a variety of backgrounds and educational experiences. The current faculty is strongly committed to both teaching and scholarship. Students therefore have the opportunity to take classes from dedicated teachers who are exploring the frontiers of the law and who are also freely available to students outside the classroom.


The Law College has beautiful new facilities. The Schmid Reading Room is a very attractive quiet study room; the Schmoker Courtyard is a bright outdoor space for study and social activities; and the Welpton Courtroom contains the latest courtroom technology. The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library is the largest collection of legal materials in the State of Nebraska. In addition to its own extensive collection, it permits student access to Westlaw and Lexis electronic databases and houses computer laboratories for student use of word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs in addition to computer‑assisted instruction. A staff of skilled professional librarians and an online catalogue provide access to materials throughout the University system and the world. The College has a highly‑regarded clinical law program providing a variety of real‑life experiences in both civil and criminal law.


The approximately 400 students at the College of Law come from diverse backgrounds. Although a substantial number are residents of Nebraska, the College draws roughly one quarter of its students from across the country, and the student body collectively holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields from over 60 colleges and universities.


The College offers numerous joint degree programs with other units of the University of Nebraska, including a long‑established and nationally recognized Law and Psychology program. The college also offers the country's first LL.M. degree in Space and Telecommunications Law.



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STEVEN L. WILLBORN, (Dean and Richard C. and Catherine Stuart Schmoker Professor), born Dodgeville, Wisconsin, January 18, 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio and Wisconsin; 1979, Nebraska. Education: Northland College (B.A., 1974); University of Wisconsin at Madison (M.S.; J.D., 1976). COURSES: Employment Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Labor Law, Pensions and Employee Benefits. Email:

MARVIN AMMORI, (Assistant Professor), born Southfield, Michigan, October 16, 1977; admitted to bar, 2003 Washington, D.C.. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1998); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003); Georgetown University (LL.M., 2007). COURSES: Cyber Law, Domestic Telecommunications. Email:


ERIC BERGER, (Assistant Professor), born New York, New York, January 19, 1973; admitted to bar, 2005, Maryland; 2006, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1995); Columbia Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: American Legal History, Constitutional Law. Email:


LAWRENCE BERGER, (Robert J. Kutak Professor of Law Emeritus), born Newark, New Jersey, May 21, 1928; admitted to bar, 1953, District of Columbia and New Jersey; 1973, Nebraska. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1949); Rutgers University (J.D., 1952). Email:


C. STEVEN BRADFORD, (Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law), born Waxahachie, Texas, March 14, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, Texas; 1989, Nebraska. Education: Utah State University (B.S., 1978); Harvard University (M.P.P., 1982; J.D., 1982). COURSES: Corporations, Securities Regulation, Investment Companies and Investment Advisers, Conflict of Laws, Law and Economics, Accounting For Lawyers. Email:


ROBERT C. DENICOLA, (Margaret Larson Professor of Law), born Union City, New Jersey, October 15, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Massachusetts; 1976, Nebraska. Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1971); Harvard University (J.D., 1974; LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Copyright, Unfair Competition, Contracts. Email:


RICHARD F. DUNCAN, (Sherman S. Welpton, Jr. Professor of Law), born Fall River, Massachusetts, June 6, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, New York. Education: University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1973); Cornell University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Property. Email:


ALAN H. FRANK, (Professor of Law), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 14, 1944; admitted to bar, 1972, Wisconsin. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1966); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Family Law, Client Counseling, Mediation, Family Law Practice. Email:


MARTIN R. GARDNER, (Steinhart Foundation Professor of Law), born Salt Lake City, Utah, November 3, 1944; admitted to bar, 1972, Utah; 1979, Nebraska. Education: University of Utah (B.S., 1969; J.D., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law, Family Law. Email:


JOHN M. GRADWOHL, (Judge Harry A. Spencer Professor of Law), born Lincoln, Nebraska, May 2, 1930; admitted to bar, 1953, Nebraska. Education: University of NebraskaLincoln (B.S., 1951; LL.B., 1953); Harvard University (LL.M., 1957). COURSES: Arbitration, Legislation, Judicial Seminar. Email:


MICHELLE HARNER, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Canton, Ohio, June 23, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Ohio; 2002, Illinois. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1992); The Ohio State University (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Corporate Finance and Governance, Legal Profession, Bankruptcy, Corporations. Email:


RICHARD S. HARNSBERGER, (Cline Williams‑Flavel A. Wright Professor of Law Emeritus), born Omaha, Nebraska, December 14, 1921; admitted to bar, 1949, Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1943; J.D., 1949; M.A., 1951); University of Wisconsin (S.J.D., 1959). Email:


STEPHEN E. KALISH, (Margaret R. Larson Professor of Legal Ethics Emeritus), born St. Louis, Missouri, January 14, 1942; admitted to bar, 1969, California; 1971, Nebraska. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1964; J.D., 1967; LL.M., 1974). Email:


ROGER W. KIRST, (Henry Grether Professor of Law), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York; 1974, Nebraska. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1967); Stanford University (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Civil Rights. Email:


CRAIG M. LAWSON, (Professor of Law), born Salem, Massachusetts, November 28, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, California. Education: Yale University (A.B., 1970); Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Torts, Law and Medicine, Law and Literature, Law of Patient and Provider, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing. Email:


RICHARD A. LEITER, (Director of Law Library & Professor), born Sacramento, California, March 21, 1952. Education: University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1976); University of Texas at Austin (M.L.I.S., 1986); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


JOHN P. LENICH, (Ross McCollum Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, May 30, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, California; 1985, Nebraska. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1977); Northwestern University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Antitrust, Appellate Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Remedies. Email:


BRIAN D. LEPARD, (Law Alumni Professor of Law), born Hollywood, California, June 16, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 1995, Nebraska. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1983); Yale Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Federal Income Tax, International Tax, Corporate Tax, Business Planning, International Human Rights Law. Email:


WILLIAM H. LYONS, (Richard H. Larson Professor of Tax Law), born Fitchburg, Massachusetts, March 5, 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, Maine and Massachusetts; 1985, Nebraska. Education: Colby College (B.A., 1969); Boston College (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Estate Planning, Federal Income Taxation, Business Planning, Wills and Trusts. Email:


COLLEEN MEDILL, (Warren K. Wise Professor of Law), born Wichita, Kansas, November 7, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, Kansas. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1985; J.D., 1989). COURSES: ERISA, Elder Law, Property, Real Estate Transactions. Email:


RICHARD E. MOBERLY, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 26, 1969; admitted to bar, 1999, Georgia. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1991); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Employment Law, Evidence, Civil Clinic. Email:


MATTHEW NOVAK, (Assistant Professor of Law Library), born Okinawa, Japan, October 13, 1968; admitted to bar, 1996, Nebraska; 1997 Missouri. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1992; J.D., 1996); University of Missouri (M.A., 2005). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


HARVEY S. PERLMAN, (Chancellor, University of Nebraska and Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni Professor of Law), born Lincoln, Nebraska, January 17, 1942; admitted to bar, 1966, Nebraska. Education: University of NebraskaLincoln (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966). Email:


SANDRA B. PLACZEK, (Professor of Law Library, Head of Public Services), born Omaha, Nebraska, October 21, 1961; admitted to bar, 1993, Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska‑Lincoln (B.A., 1986); Creighton University Law School (J.D., 1993); University of Texas‑Austin (M.L.I.S., 1995). Email:


SUSAN POSER, (Professor of Law, Assoc. to the Chancellor, and Dir., Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics), born Washington, D.C., September 7, 1963; admitted to bar, 1993, Pennsylvania; 1994, Nebraska. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A, 1985); University of CA Berkeley (J.D., 1991; Ph.D., 2000). COURSES: Torts, Wills and Trusts, Professional Responsibility. Email:


JOSEPHINE R. POTUTO, (Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law), born Newark, New Jersey, March 5, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, New Jersey; 1977, Nebraska. Education: Douglass College (B.A., 1967); Seton Hall University (M.A., 1971); Rutgers University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Criminal Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Sports Law. Email:


KEVIN L. RUSER, (Law Alumni Clinical Professor of Law), born Ogallala, Nebraska, June 3, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Nebraska. Education: University of NebraskaLincoln (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Pretrial Litigation, Civil Clinic. Email:


MATTHEW P. SCHAEFER, (Law Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Space & Telecommunications Law Program), born Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 26, 1965; admitted to bar, 1994, Michigan. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., Economics, 1987); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1991 and LL.M., International Law, 1993). COURSES: American Foreign Relations and Policy, International Trade Law, Public International Law, International Business Transactions, Space Law. Email:


STEVEN J. SCHMIDT, (Assistant Clinical Professor), born Saratoga Springs, New York, February 22, 1969; admitted to bar, 1998, Nebraska and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1987; J.D., 1998); Webster University (M.A., 1995). COURSES: Criminal Clinic. Email:


ROBERT F. SCHOPP, (Robert J. Kutak Professor of Law and Psychology), born Teaneck, New Jersey, January 9, 1948; admitted to bar, 1990, Nebraska. Education: North Carolina State University (Ph.D. in Psychology, 1977); University of Arizona (J.D., 1988; Ph.D. in Philosophy, 1989). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law and Psychology, Jurisprudence, Capital Punishment. Email:


ANTHONY SCHUTZ, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Kearney, Nebraska, August 5, 1976; admitted to bar, 2003, Nebraska. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1998; J.D., 2003). COURSES: State and Local Government Law, Land Use Planning, Agricultural Environmental Law, Agricultural Law, Environmental and Water Seminar. Email:


ANNA WILLIAMS SHAVERS, (Law Alumni Professor of Citizenship Law), born Little Rock, Arkansas, February 12, 1946; admitted to bar, 1979, Minnesota; 1989, Nebraska. Education: Central State University (B.S., 1967); University of Wisconsin (M.S., 1973); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Gender Issues, Refugee Law, Immigration. Email:


JOHN R. SNOWDEN, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Everett, Washington, August 24, 1943; admitted to bar, 1971, Nebraska. Education: University of NebraskaLincoln (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1971). COURSES: Native American Law. Email:


BRIAN D. STRIMAN, (Professor of Law Library, Head of Technical Services), born Columbus, Ohio, February 29, 1952. Education: University of Nebraska ‑ Lincoln (B.S., 1974); University of Missouri at Columbia (M.A., 1978). Email:


FRANS VON DER DUNK, (Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni/Othmer Professor of Space Law), born DeBilt, Netherlands, January 06, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Netherlands. Education: University of Leiden, Modern History Department (Doctoral, 1986); University of Leiden, Faculty of Law (Doctorate, 1998). COURSES: Space Law. Email:


CATHERINE LEE WILSON, (Associate Professor of Law), born Hastings, Nebraska, November 6, 1961; admitted to bar, 1988, Georgia. Education: Hastings College; Creighton University (B.A., 1984); Creighton University School of Law; University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Electronic Commerce, Bankruptcy, Sales, Payment Systems, Creditor's Rights, Secured Transactions, Banking Law. Email:


ROBERT G. WORKS, (Margaret R. Larson Professor of Insurance Law), born San Francisco, California, July 30, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, Missouri; 1975, Nebraska. Education: Kansas State University (A.B., 1966); St. Louis University (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Contracts, Insurance, Health Care Finance. Email:


SANDRA B. ZELLMER, (Law Alumni Professor of Law), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1990, Minnesota. Education: Morningside College (B.S., 1985); University of South Dakota (J.D., 1990); George Washington University (L.L.M., 1996). COURSES: Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law. Email: