Ben Barton has taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law since 2001. He teaches torts, evidence, advocacy clinic, comparative law, and images of the law.
His book "Glass Half Full: America's Lawyer Crisis and Its Upside" will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Cambridge University Press published Barton's first book, "The Lawyer-Judge Bias in the American Courts," in 2011 and re-released it in softcover in 2013. His law review articles have been published in the International Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the law reviews of the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. Time Magazine, The New York Times, the ABA Journal, and The Wall Street Journal Law Blog have all written about his scholarship.
Professor Barton won the student selected Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013. He has been named the Outstanding Faculty Advisor for UT Pro Bono twice and has received the Marilyn V. Yarbrough and Carden Awards for his scholarship. He is the winner of the 2010 LSAC Philip D. Shelton Award for outstanding research in legal education for the article "Is There a Correlation Between Law Professor Publication Counts, Law Review Citation Counts, and Teaching Evaluations? An Empirical Study."
He served as the Director of Clinical Programs from 2007-11.
Books and Book Chapters
Benjamin H. Barton, Glass Half Full: America’s Lawyer Crisis and Its Upside (Manuscript under Review 2013).
Benjamin H. Barton, The Lawyer-Judge Bias in the American Legal System (Cambridge University Press 2011). As featured in the Washington Examiner, http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/39034, the Sydney Morning Herald, http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/tobacco-cases-reignite-debate-over-the-complex-legal-system-and-bias-20110210-1aojh.html, and Truth on the Market, http://truthonthemarket.com/2011/02/21/a-nation-of-lawyers-and-judges/).
Benjamin H. Barton, What LegalZoom Can Teach Us About the Access to Civil Justice Debate, in Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means (Samuel Estreicher and Joy Radice, eds., forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2014).
Benjamin H. Barton, What Law School Clinics and Universities Can Teach Each Other About the Pursuit of Social Justice, in Social Justice and the University (Jon Shefner, Harry Dahms, Robert E. Jones, and Asafa Jalata, eds., Palgrave 2013)
Benjamin H. Barton, The Lawyer-Judge Hypothesis, in The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Systems (Edward J. Lopez, ed., Palgrave 2010).
Benjamin H. Barton, Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy, in Social Issues in Literature: Political Issues in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series (Dedria Bryfonski, ed., Gale Publishers 2009). Also Reprinted in Harry Potter and the Law (Jeffrey E. Thomas, ed., Carolina Academic Press 2010).
Benjamin H. Barton, A Glass Half Full Look at the Changes in the American Legal Market, forthcoming International Journal of Law and Economics.
Benjamin H. Barton & Emily Moran, Measuring Diversity on the Supreme Court with Biodiversity Statistics, 10 J. Empirical L. Stud. 1-34 (2013). Peer-reviewed journal hosted by Cornell Law School.
Benjamin H. Barton & Emily Moran, Measuring Diversity on the Supreme Court with Biodiversity Statistics, __ J. Empirical L. Stud. __ (2013). Peer-reviewed journal hosted by Cornell Law School.
Benjamin H. Barton, An Empirical Study of Supreme Court Justice Pre-Appointment Experience, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 1137 (2012). As featured in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-is-the-roberts-court-unusual-a-law-professor-counts-the-ways/2012/03/02/gIQAk1nKrR_story.ht and http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-justices-fewer-years-in-private-practice-than-any-previous-court/2012/03/04/gIQAXJKQrR_graphic.html), the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/us/sidebar-justices-cerebral-combativeness-on-display-in-health-law-hearings.html) and the Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/03/01/the-roberts-court-is-wonkier-worse/).
Benjamin H. Barton & Stephanos Bibas, Triaging Appointed-Counsel Funding and Pro Se Access to Justice, 160 U. Penn. L. Rev. 967-94 (2012).
Benjamin H. Barton, Economists on Deregulation of the American Legal Profession: Praise and Critique, 2012 Mich. St. L. Rev. __ (2012) (symposium).
Benjamin H. Barton, An Article I Theory of the Inherent Powers of the Federal Courts, 61 Cath. U. L. Rev. 1-61 (2011).
Benjamin H. Barton, Harry Potter Och Den Farliga Staten, Neo, Aug. 2011, at 65 (essay on Harry Potter and Libertarianism translated into Swedish for Swedish academic publication).
Benjamin H. Barton, Against Civil Gideon (and for Pro Se Court Reform), 62 Fla. L. Rev. 1227-1274 (2010). As featured in the ABA Journal (http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/a_sour_note_from_gideons_trumpet/).
Benjamin H. Barton, Saving Law Reviews From Political Scientists: A Defense of Lawyers, Law Professors, and Law Reviews, 45 Gonz. L. Rev. 189-207 (2009) (Reviewing Robert J. Spitzer, Saving the Constitution from Lawyers (2008)).
Benjamin H. Barton, Is There a Correlation Between Law Professor Publication Counts, Law Review Citation Counts, and Teaching Evaluations? An Empirical Study, 5 J. Empirical L. Stud. 619-44 (2008). Peer-reviewed journal hosted by Cornell Law School.
Benjamin H. Barton, A Tale of Two Case Methods, 75 Tenn. L. Rev. 233-50 (2008). As featured in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/10/30/should-law-schools-adopt-the-b-school-case-method/).
Benjamin H. Barton, Do Judges Systematically Favor the Interests of the Legal Profession?, 59 Ala. L. Rev. 1-55 (2007). As featured in the New York Times (http://select.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/us/27bar.html) and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/06/19/do-judges-favor-the-interests-of-the-legal-profession/).
Benjamin H. Barton, Tort Reform, Innovation, and Playground Design, 57 Fla. L. Rev. 265-304 (2006).
Benjamin H. Barton, Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy, 104 Mich. L. Rev. 1523-38 (2006). (Reviewing J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)). As featured in the 2007 Time Magazine Person of the Year Issue (http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/personoftheyear/article/0,28804,1690753_1695388_1695436,00.html).
Benjamin H. Barton, Joel Fishman, Daniel Austin Green, Timothy S. Hall, Andrew P. Morriss, Aaron Schwabach, James C. Smith, Jeffrey E. Thomas, Danaya Wright, Harry Potter and the Law, 12 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 427-84 (2005).
Benjamin H. Barton, The ABA, the Rules, and Professionalism: The Mechanics of Self-Defeat and a Call for a Return to the Ethical, Moral, and Practical Approach of the Canons, 83 N.C. L. Rev. 411-80 (2005).
Benjamin H. Barton, The Emperor of Ocean Park: The Quintessence of Legal Academia, 92 Calif. L. Rev. 585-608 (2004). (Reviewing Stephen L. Carter, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002)).
Benjamin H. Barton, An Institutional Analysis of Lawyer Regulation – Who Should Control Lawyer Regulation, Courts, Legislatures, or the Market?, 37 Ga. L. Rev. 1167-1250 (2003).
Benjamin H. Barton, Why Do We Regulate Lawyers? An Economic Analysis of the Justifications for Entry and Conduct Regulation, 33 Ariz. St. L. J. 429-90 (2001).
Benjamin H. Barton, Note, Religion-Based Peremptory Challenges After Batson v. Kentucky and J.E.B. v. Alabama: An Equal Protection and First Amendment Analysis, 94 Mich. L. Rev. 191-216 (1995).
Benjamin H. Barton, Book Notice, 94 Mich. L. Rev. 1993-2008 (reviewing The National Research Council, Measuring Poverty: A New Approach (1995)).