Professor Jill Wieber Lens joined the faculty in 2018. She teaches and writes in the areas of tort law, products liability, and remedies. Her current research focuses on tort law’s recognition of reproductive losses. She has also published extensively on tort remedies, mainly punitive damages. Her work has appeared in the Florida State University Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the BYU Law Review, and has been cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also been quoted in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Professor Lens received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with honors in political science and the liberal arts. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she received an Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement and graduated Order of the Coif. She also served as Note & Comment Editor of the Iowa Law Review.
Before joining the University of Arkansas, Professor Lens was a Professor of Law at Baylor University School of Law. Before entering academia, she practiced commercial and appellate litigation in St. Louis, Missouri.
Torts, Products Liability, Remedies, Evidence
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison (with honors), J.D., University of Iowa College of Law (highest distinction, Order of the Coif)
Recognizing the Invisible Death of Stillbirth, (in progress).
Defective Punitive Damages, 2017 UTAH L. REV. 1019 (2017). [SSRN]
An Undetectable Constitutional Violation, 106 KY. L. J. (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
Justice Thomas, Civil Asset Forfeitures, and Punitive Damages, 51 UC DAVIS L. REV. ONLINE (2017). [SSRN]
Stays Pending Appeal: Why the Merits Should Not Matter, 43 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 1319 (2016). [SSRN]
Product Recalls: Why is Tort Law Deferring to Agency Inaction? 90 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 329 (2016), reprinted in DEF. LAW. J., VOL. 66, NO. 1 (2017).
Warning: A Post-Sale Duty to Warn Targets Small Businesses, 2014 UTAH L. REV. 1013 (2014). [SSRN]
Tort Law’s Deterrent Effect and Procedural Due Process, 50 TULSA L. REV. 115 (2014). [SSRN]
Insurance Coverage for Elite Student-Athletes, with Joshua J. Lens, 84 MISS. L.J. 127 (2014). [SSRN]
Justice Holmes’s Bad Man and the Depleted Purposes of Punitive Damages, 101 KY. L. J. 789 (2013). [SSRN]
Procedural Due Process and Predictable Punitive Damage Awards, 2012 BYU L. REV. 1 (2012), reprinted in DEF. LAW. J., VOL. 61, NO. 3, at 113 (2013). [SSRN]
Punishing for the Injury: Tort Law-Based Limitations on Punitive Damages, 39 HOFSTRA L. REV. 595 (2011). [SSRN]
Honest Confusion: The Purpose of Compensatory Damages in Tort and Fraudulent Misrepresentation, 59 U. KAN. L. REV. 231 (2011). [SSRN]
The (Overlooked) Consequence of Easing the Prohibition of Expert Legal Testimony in Professional Negligence Claims, 48 U. LOU. L. REV. 53 (2009), reprinted in DEF. LAW J., VOL. 60, NO. 1, at 103 (2011). [SSRN]
Second Hand Choice: An Incompetent Pregnant Woman’s Constitutional Right to Choose Abortion, 90 IOWA L. REV. 791 (2005). [SSRN]