Robert H. Jerry, II is the Isidor Loeb Professor of Law at the School of Law. He returned to the faculty at MU in the fall of 2015, having served as the Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the School of Law from 1998 to 2003. In 2003 he was named the 11th dean of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he served until being named Dean Emeritus in 2014. He was also the Levin Mabie and Levin Professor of Law at UF Law from 2003 to 2015, when he received the emeritus title on this appointment. His 11 years as dean at UF Law ties for the second longest decanal tenure in the history of the University of Florida law school. Prior to his academic appointments at MU Law and UF Law, he held the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis from 1994 to 1998, and he was a professor of law at the University of Kansas from 1981 to 1994, where he also served as dean from 1989 to 1994. Before joining the KU Law faculty, he practiced law in Indianapolis from 1978 to 1981 with the firm of Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd (now Barnes & Thornburg), and before that (1977-1978) he clerked for Judge George E. MacKinnon in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 1977 he received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Michigan Law Review, and in 1974 he received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University.
His research and teaching specialty is insurance law, and he is the author of numerous books, book chapters, articles, and essays in this field, including the 1000+ page treatise Understanding Insurance Law, which went to a fifth edition in 2012. He has also written and presented in the field of leadership studies. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and past chair of the Insurance Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. His committee and commission activities include service for the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws, the Florida Bar and the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, and the American Law Institute, as well as numerous organizations in communities where he has lived. He has also engaged in numerous service activities at every university where he has held an appointment, including chairing the Faculty Executive Committee at the University of Kansas in 1988-1989 and election to the Faculty Executive Committee at the University of Missouri in 2000-2001 during a three-year term on the MU Faculty Council.
At the School of Law, he has been affiliated with the Center for Dispute Resolution as a Senior Fellow since 2003, and he is currently engaged with the Center in developing an insurance dispute resolution subspecialty under the Center’s umbrella. His courses at the School of Law include Insurance Law, Lawyering, Insurance Claims Processing and Dispute Resolution, and Advanced Topics in Auto and Homeowners Insurance.