Emerson H. Tiller

J. Landis Martin Professor of Law & Business
Director of West Coast Initiatives
Affiliated Faculty, Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship
Professor of Business Law, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)


Emerson H. Tiller joined the Northwestern faculty in 2003 as a Professor of Law with a courtesy appointment at the Kellogg School of Management as Professor of Business Law. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, Professor Tiller was a professor at the University of Texas, Graduate School of Business, where he also directed of the Center for Business, Technology and Law. His research has primarily focused on empirical and theoretical analyses of political forces in regulatory and judicial decision-making.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Administrative Law
  • Law, Economics and Social Science
  • Positive Political Theory

Selected Publications

  • Citation to Legislative History: Empirical Evidence on Positive Political and Contextual Theories of Judicial Decision Making, 38 Journal of Legal Studies 419-443 (2009) (with Michael Abramow).
  • Congressional Control of the Courts: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Expansion of the Federal Judiciary, 39 Journal of Law & Economics 435-462 (1996).
  • Judicial Partisanship and Obedience to Legal Doctrine: Whistleblowing on the Federal Courts of Appeal, 107 Yale Law Journal 2155-2176 (1998).
  • Legal Doctrine and Political Control, 23 Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 326-345 (2007) (with Tonja Jacobi).
  • Reviewing the Sentencing Guidelines: Judicial Politics, Empirical Evidence, and Reform , 75 University of Chicago Law Review 715-760 (2008) (with Max M. Schanzenbach ).
  • The Business Method Patent Myth, 18 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 987-1084 (2003) (with J. Allison).

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  • BA, Indiana University
  • JD, Indiana University
  • PhD in Business, University of California, Berkeley

Prior Appointments

  • Director, San Francisco Immersion Program, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Senior Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Director of Online Distance Education, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Director of the Accelerated LLM Program, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Business, Technology and Law, University of Texas, School of Business
  • Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, Yale Law School
  • Fellow, Center in Law, Economics & Organization, USC Law School

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