Benjamin Barton

Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law

Benjamin Barton

Areas of Expertise

Legal Profession, Tort Law


JD, magna cum laude, 1996, University of Michigan Law School

BA with Honors, 1991, Haverford College


Professor Ben Barton is the author of four books: Fixing Law Schools, Rebooting JusticeGlass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession, and The Lawyer-Judge Bias in the American courts. His fifth book, The Credentialed Court: Inside the Cloistered, Elite World of American Justice, will be published in 2022.

Professor Barton is the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. He has worked as an associate at a large law firm, clerked for a federal judge, represented the indigent for 12 years as a clinical law professor, and now teaches torts, contracts, and the A2J Lab, an innovative law and coding class.

Rebooting Justice was positively reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and his scholarship has been discussed in USA Today, The ABA Journal, and TIME magazine. 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 Universities of Toronto, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California.

Professor Barton has won the student selected Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award and has been named the outstanding faculty advisor for UT Pro Bono three times. He also won the 2010 LSAC Philip D. Shelton Award for outstanding research in legal education. In 2014-15 he received a Fulbright Award to teach Comparative Law at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.