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Frank B. Cross

  • Herbert D. Kelleher Centennial Professor of Business Law; Professor of Law


  • JD Harvard
  • BA University of Kansas Main Campus

Areas of Specialty

Professor Cross holds a joint appointment at the Law School and the Business School. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he practiced law for several years before joining the Business School faculty in 1984. He has received six awards for teaching excellence during his tenure at UT.

His scholarship traverses several fields, including descriptive and normative studies of judicial decision-making, the economics of law and litigation, and traditional policy and doctrinal issues in administrative and environmental law. Since 1998, he has published more than twenty articles, including "What's Not to Like (About Being a Lawyer)?" (Yale Law Journal, 2000) (with C. Silver), "Institutions and Enforcement of the Bill of Rights" (Cornell Law Review, 2000), "Realism About Federalism" (New York University Law Review, 1999), "A Modest Proposal for Improving American Justice" (Columbia Law Review, 1999) (with E. Tiller), "Shattering the Fragile Case for Judicial Review of Administrative Rulemaking" (Virginia Law Review, 1999), and "Judicial Partisanship and Obedience to Legal Doctrine" (Yale Law Journal, 1998) (with E. Tiller).

In the Law School, he will teach courses and seminars on legislation, agency, judicial decision-making, and aspects of administrative and environmental law.

Recent Publications

  • Originalism - The Forgotten Years, 28 Constitutional Commentary 37 (2012).
  • Law as Courtesy?, 47 Tulsa Law Review 219 (2011) (reviewing All Judges are Political Except When They are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law, by Keith J. Bybee).
  • A Positive Political Theory of Rules and Standards, 12 University of Illinois Law Review 1 (2012) (with Tonja Jacobi and Emerson Tiller).

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Frank B. Cross

Work (471) 525-0

Office: CBA 3.446
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Philip A. Nichols
(512) 232-1250

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