William Drew Henderson

Visiting Professor of Law


Professor William Henderson (“Bill”) is on the faculty at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he holds the Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession. Since joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Henderson has taught several business courses, including Business Association, Securities Regulation, and Business Planning. In connection with his research, which focuses on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education, Bill has also developed and taught courses on project management, law firms economics, leadership and professional responsibility combined with lawyer development.

Bill’s academic work has appeared in legal journals, including the Stanford Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Texas Law Review. Bill also regularly publishes articles in The American Lawyer, the ABA Journal, and The National Law Journal. His observations on the legal market and legal education are also frequently quoted in the mainstream press, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesAtlantic MonthlyThe Economist, and National Public Radio. 

Based on his research and public speaking, Bill was included on The National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (compiled every 10 years) and the Fastcase 50 for innovation within the legal industry. In 2015 and 2016, he was named the Most Influential Person in Legal Education by The National Jurist magazine. In 2013, he received the 2013 Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Award. In 2011, Bill won the Lisagor journalism award for his ABA Journal cover story, “Paradigm Shift.” In 2009, Henderson was named a “Legal Rebel” by the ABA Journal in recognition of his influence on legal education and the changing economics and structure of the legal profession.

In 2010, Bill co-founded Lawyer Metrics, an applied research company that helps lawyers and law firms use data to make better operational and strategic decisions. Lawyer Metrics was acquired by AccessLex Institute in 2015. In 2017, Bill founded Legal Evolution, an online publication that chronicles successful innovation within the legal industry.

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