Luke Bierman is the School of Law's associate dean for experiential education. In this capacity, he oversees the School of Law’s innovative curriculum, including the Cooperative Legal Education Program, clinics and Legal Skills in Social Context, ensuring students are comprehensively prepared for careers as attorneys meeting the challenges of 21st century legal practice. Professor Bierman is a frequent lecturer and commentator about corporate governance reform, fiduciary responsibility and ethics, and justice reform. He was a member of the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors, where he co-chaired the policies committee. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Associate Dean Bierman holds a BA from Colgate University, JD from the College of William and Mary, and both an MA and PhD from the State University of New York at Albany.
William Henderson is a professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Professor Henderson has spent his career analyzing the business side of the legal profession and legal education, which has earned him a reputation as a legal innovator. He is recognized as one of the foremost experts on legal labor markets and the empirical analysis of the law firms and legal education. Professor Henderson regularly speaks to law firms, law firm, general counsel, bar associations and various other industry groups. To facilitate the study of law firm management and private practice, Professor Henderson founded the Law Firms Working Group, co-sponsored by the American Bar Foundation. He also serves a director of the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He received his BA from Case Western Reserve University and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
Rebecca Sandefur is the Senior Research Social Scientist at the American Bar Foundation and assistant professor of sociology and Law at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Professor Sandefur is an internationally recognized expert on legal professions and access to justice. She has been involved in two recent major studies of lawyers’ work and careers, the “Chicago Lawyers Surveys” and the “After the JD” study. Her scholarship includes investigations of work and inequality in the legal profession, lawyers’ pro bono service and its contributions to legal aid, and the impact of legal education experiences on lawyers' public service and community participation. In 2011, Professor Sandefur received funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Foundation for the Community Needs and Services Study, a community-sited, multi-method study of ordinary people’s experiences with civil justice problems and the resources available to assist them in handling those problems. Her public service complements her research and teaching, and has included advising state access to justice commissions and service on the Right to Counsel Committee of the California Access to Justice Commission and the Research Advisory Board of the Civil Right to Counsel Leadership and Support Initiative. Before joining the Foundation, Professor Sandefur served nine years on the faculty of Stanford University after receiving her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2001.
Christopher Zorn is the Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science, professor of sociology and crime, law, and justice, and affiliate professor of law at Pennsylvania State University. He is an award-winning national leader in quantitative methodology and statistical analysis. In addition to his world-class quantitative capabilities, Professor Zorn is an immensely practical statistician with a keen interest and aptitude for applied work. He is the author of three forthcoming books and three dozen refereed articles. He is a recipient of the prestigious John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellowship, the immediate past editor of the journal Political Analysis, and has given invited talks at more than 30 universities around the world. Prior to his appointment at Penn State University, Professor Zorn held academic positions at the University of South Carolina and Emory University, where he was the Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science. He has also served as a resident scientist and program director for the Law and Social Science Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor Zorn earned his PhD in political science from Ohio State University.