Dean and Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Henry N. Butler is the James Farley Professor of Economics in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University in Orange, California as well as Director of the Judicial Education Program at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. Dr. Butler has been active in the development of Law & Economics as an academic discipline throughout his professional career. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech (M.A., 1979; Ph.D. 1982), where he was a student of Nobel Laureate James M. Buchanan, and a law degree from the University of Miami (J.D., 1982), where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. After three years as an Assistant Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, Dr. Butler spent the 1985-86 academic year as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. Dr, Butler was a professor at George Mason University School of Law from 1986 to 1993. Prior to moving to Chapman in 2001, Dr. Butler was the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Distinguished Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Kansas Schools of Law and Business. Dr. Butler briefly served as Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Chairman of the Chapman University Law and Organizational Economics Center. In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Butler has dedicated much of his career to improving our nation?s civil justice system through judicial education programs. For three years, Dr. Butler was Director of George Mason University?s Law & Economics Center, which offers the well-known Economics Institutes for Federal Judges. And, in December 1995, Dr. Butler launched the Economics Institute for State Judges through the Law and Organizational Economics Center at the University of Kansas. Dr. Butler is an expert on the economic analysis of law, and he has published numerous articles and several books on a variety of topics. His articles have appeared in leading economics journals and law reviews, including the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations, Virginia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and the Yale Journal on Regulation. His casebook, Economic Analysis for Lawyers, is the primary casebook for the Economics Institute for State Judges. Dr. Butler serves on the Legal Advisory Council of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest and the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Legal Foundation. As a litigation support consultant, Dr. Butler has served as an expert witness and advisor in a variety of cases including antitrust, contract liability and damages, restrictive covenants, joint ventures, and testimony at regulatory hearings.
Dean and Professor of Law