Jill Wieber Lens
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Jill Wieber Lens grew up in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with honors in political science and the liberal arts. She then attended the University of Iowa College of Law, where she served as Note & Comment Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Professor Lens graduated law school with highest honors and received the West Publishing Company Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. She is also a member of the Order of the Coif.

In the fall of 2010, Professor Lens joined the Baylor faculty. She teaches Torts I, Torts II, Products Liability, and Appellate Advocacy & Procedure. Her current primary research interests relate to post-sale obligations within products liability. Her most recent article addressed a post-sale duty to warn and how it could adversely affect small businesses. She has also published numerous articles on other tort law topics, including punitive, compensatory damages, and the use of expert testimony in professional negligence claims.

Before joining Baylor, she practiced commercial and appellate litigation at a mid-sized firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Teaching was in the back of her mind, but she also thought it was important to actually practice law first. After four years of practicing, Professor Lens accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Living in Louisville also gave her the chance to attend the Kentucky Derby, which she recommends.

Professor Lens met her husband, Josh, in law school. Josh also works for Baylor University, as an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance. They welcomed their first child, Hannah, in the summer of 2012.

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Jill Wieber Lens

Associate Professor of Law

Courses Taught
Torts I
Torts II
Products Liability
Appellate Advocacy & Procedure

Email: Jill_Lens@baylor.edu
Phone: 254.710.3985


Expanding Tort Liability to Include Failure to Recall (In Progress).

Stays Pending Appeal: Why the Merits Should Not Matter, 43 FLA. ST.U.L.REV. (forthcoming 2016).

Warning: A Post-Sale Duty to Warn Targets Small Businesses, 2014 UTAH L. REV.1013 (2014).

Tort Law's Deterrent Effect and Procedural Due Process, 50 TULSA L. REV.115 (2014) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).

Insurance Coverage for Elite Student Athletes, with Joshua J. Lens, 84 MISS. L.J.127 (2014).

Justice Holmes's Bad Man and the Depleted Purposes of Punitive Damages, 101 KY. L. J. 789 (2013) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).

Procedural Due Process and Predictable Punitive Damage Awards, 2012 BYU L. REV. 1 (2012), reprinted in DEF. LAW. J., VOL. 61, NO. 3, at 113 (2013) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies).

Punishing for the Injury: Tort Law-Based Limitations on Punitive Damages, 39 HOFSTRA L. REV. 595 (2011) (made SSRN's Top Ten download for the LSN Journal of Judgments & Remedies and the LSN Journal of Torts).

Honest Confusion: The Purpose of Compensatory Damages in Tort and Fraudulent Misrepresentation, 59 U. KAN. L. REV. 231 (2011).

The (Overlooked) Consequence of Easing the Prohibition of Expert Legal Testimony in Professional Negligence Claims, 48 U. LOU. L. REV. 53 (2009), reprinted in DEF. LAW J., VOL. 60, NO. 1, at 103 (Feb. 2011).

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