Steven Lubet

Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Memorial Professor of Law
Director, Fred Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy


Steven Lubet is the Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Memorial Professor of Law. As Director of the Law School's award winning Bartlit Center on Trial Advocacy, he teaches courses on Legal Ethics, Trial Advocacy, Lawyer Memoirs, and Narrative Structures. The author of seventeen books and hundreds of articles on legal ethics, judicial ethics, and litigation, he has also published widely in the areas of legal history, abolitionism, international criminal law, dispute resolution, and legal education.  He blogs at The Faculty Lounge and contributes a regular column to The Hill.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Legal Ethics
  • Judicial Ethics
  • Historic Trials
  • Story Structure
  • Abolitionist Lawyers

Selected Publications

  • The “colored Hero” Of Harper’s Ferry: John Anthony Copeland And The War Against Slavery (Cambridge University Press 2015).
  • John Brown’s Spy: The Adventurous Life and Tragic Confession of John E. Cook (Yale University Press 2012).
  • Fugitive Justice: Runaways, Rescuers, and Slavery on Trial (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2010).
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice (NITA 2010).
  • Lawyers' Poker: 52 Lessons That Lawyers Can Learn From Card Players (Oxford University Press 2006).
  • Murder in Tombstone: The Forgotten Trial of Wyatt Earp (Yale University Press 2004).
  • Nothing But the Truth: Why Trial Lawyers Don't, Can't, and Shouldn't Have to Tell the Whole Truth (New York University Press 2001).

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  • BA, Northwestern University
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley

Prior Appointments

  • Class of 1940 Research Professor, 1997-1998, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1978-1981, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1976-1978, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 1975-1976, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Instructor, 1974-1975, DePaul University School of Law
  • Staff Attorney, 1973-1975, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago

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