Jill Wieber Lens
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Jill Wieber Lens joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Torts I, Torts II, Products Liability, and Appellate Advocacy & Procedure. Her primary research interest relates to tort remedies, mainly punitive damages. She has also published articles on a post-sale duty to warn, stays of cases pending appeal, and the use of expert testimony in professional negligence claims. Her work has appeared in the Florida State University Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the BYU Law Review. She has also been quoted in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

Professor 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.

Before joining Baylor, Professor Lens was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She also practiced commercial and appellate litigation at a mid-sized firm in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professor Lens met her husband, Josh, in law school. Josh also works for Baylor University, as an Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance. They have two children.

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Jill Wieber Lens

Associate Professor of Law

Courses Taught

Appellate Advocacy & Procedure
Products Liability
Torts I
Torts II

Email: Jill_Lens@baylor.edu
Phone: 254.710.3985


Examining the Effects of Philip Morris v. Williams on Punitive Damage Awards Eight Years Later (In Progress).

The Unconstitutionality of Punitive Damages for Failure to Recall a Product (In Progress).

Product Recalls: Why is Tort Law Deferring to Agency Inaction? 90 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. (forthcoming 2016).

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).

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).

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).

Punishing for the Injury: Tort Law-Based Limitations on Punitive Damages, 39 HOFSTRA L. REV. 595 (2011).

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 (2011).

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