Edwin W. Hecker Jr.

Centennial Teaching Professor
Primary office:
414D Green Hall

Webb Hecker is one of the law school's most well-respected teachers. He was the Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellow from 1990 to 1993 and received the Immel Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996, the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2000, and the Moreau Award for commitment to advising students in 2008. A recognized authority on corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, Hecker is an active member of the business law section of the American and Kansas bar associations. He holds law degrees from Wayne State University and Harvard University and, prior to joining the KU Law faculty, practiced business law with the Detroit firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone.

Courses Taught:
  • Business Associations
  • Contract Drafting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


Representative Publications
“Fiduciary Duties in Business Entities Revisited,” 61 University of Kansas Law Review 923 (2013); "Fiduciary Duties in Business Entities," 54 University of Kansas Law Review 975 (2006); "Limited Liability Companies"" (2002) (with Woodworth & Ford); "State Limited Partnership Laws (1987-91)" (with Bamberger & Basile); "Limited Liability Companies" in "Kansas Corporation Law & Practice" (5th ed. 2011) (with S. Woodworth).

Research Interests
Corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other unincorporated business organizations.

LL.M., Harvard, 1970; J.D., summa cum laude, Wayne State, 1969, Note & Comment Editor, Wayne Law Review; B.A., Oakland University, 1966.

Michigan 1969.

Career History
Associate, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, Detroit, 1970-72; Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1972-76; Professor, 1976-present; Robert A. Schroeder Teaching Fellow, 1990-93; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2000-07.

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