Michael H. Hoeflich

John H. & John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law
Primary office:
300C Green Hall

Michael Hoeflich holds degrees from Haverford College, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School. He taught at the University of Illinois from 1980-1988, was dean of the Syracuse University College of Law from 1988-1994, and was dean at the University of Kansas School of Law from 1994-2000. Hoeflich is the author or editor of 15 books and more than 115 articles. He is also a columnist for the Lawrence Journal-World. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Kansas Correspondent of the Selden Society. He was awarded an honorary degree (LL.D) by Baker University in 2003.

Courses Taught:
  • Copyright
  • Law and the Arts
  • Legal History
  • Professional Responsibility


Representative Publications

"Lawyers in the Mail: The Image of Lawyers in Printed Ephemera, 1880-1960 (2012); "Justice on the Prairie: 150 Years of the Federal District Court in Kansas" (2011); "Legal Publishing in Antebellum America, 1780-1870" (2010); "Roman & Civil Law & the Development of Anglo-American Jurisprudence" (1997); "Cases & Materials on Federal Taxation of Deferred Compensation" (with C. Watson) (1989); "The Gladsome Light of Jurisprudence: Learning the Law in England and the United States in the 18th and 19th Centuries" (1988); "Essays in Property Law and Legal Education in Honor of John Cribbet" (ed. with P. Hay) (1988); "Roman Law and Forensic Oratory in Antebellum America," 120 Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung fur Rechtsgeschichte 189 (2003); "Translation and the Reception of Foreign Law in Antebellum American," 50 American Journal of Comparative Law 753 (2003); "The Lawyer as Pragmatic Reader: The History of Legal Common-Placing," 55 Arkansas Law Review 87 (2002); "Lawyers, Fees & Anti-Lawyer Sentiment in Popular Art, 1800-1925," 4 The Green Bag 147 (2001).

Research Interests
Ethics, legal history, comparative law, contracts.

J.D., Yale, 1979; M.A. (by Grace), Ph.D., Cambridge, 1976, 2001; B.A., M.A., Haverford College, 1973.

New York 1980.

Career History
Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York City 1979-80; Assistant Professor, Illinois 1981-84; Associate Professor 1984-86; Professor and University Scholar 1986-88; Dean & Professor of Law & History, Syracuse 1988-94; Professor of Law, Kansas since 1994; Dean, Kansas 1994-2000; John H. & John M. Kane Professor of Law, 1997-present.

American Law Institute; Selden Society; Editor, Law & History Review, 1988-89; Editor, Roman Legal Tradition, 2002-present.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance