Jill Wieber Lens

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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 Utah Law Review, the BYU Law Review, and the Florida State Law Review, and has been cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 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 girls at home.

Publications

  • Defective Punitive Damages, 2017 UTAH L. REV. (forthcoming 2017).
  • An Undetectable Constitutional Violation, 106 KY. L. J. (forthcoming 2017).
  • Justice Thomas, Civil Asset Forfeitures, and Punitive Damages, 51 UC DAVIS L. REV. ONLINE (forthcoming 2017).
  • Stays Pending Appeal: Why the Merits Should Not Matter, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016).
  • Product Recalls: Why is Tort Law Deferring to Agency Inaction?  90 ST. JOHN'S L. REV. 329 (2016), reprinted in DEF. LAW. J., VOL 66, NO. 1 (forthcoming 2017).
  • 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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