Shawn J. Bayern

Visiting Professor of Law


Professor Bayern is visiting Northwestern from the Florida State University College of Law, where he is the Larry & Joyce Beltz Professor of Torts. His teaching and research focus on common-law issues, primarily in contracts, torts and organizational law.

Before joining Florida State, Professor Bayern was a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School, and he has also visited at Berkeley Law. As a law student, he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and recipient of the Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement, given annually at graduation to the student with the strongest academic record. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Before his legal career, he worked in computing research, served on groups responsible for developing programming languages, and wrote several books and articles about computer programming. He also created the Central Authentication Service (CAS), a framework for computer security that has been adopted by many universities, including parts (but only parts) of Northwestern. 



  • BS, Yale University
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley

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