Professor Whitman became acquainted with MU in 1976 as a visiting professor from Brigham Young University. He went on to teach at the University of Washington in 1978, where he also served as associate dean before returning to MU in 1982 to become the law school’s dean. He was dean from 1982-88.
Professor Whitman is one of the nation’s premier experts on property law. From 1991-97 he served as co-reporter of the ALI’s Restatement (Third) of Property (Mortgages) with Professor Grant Nelson, formerly of MU. Professors Whitman and Nelson have collaborated on five casebooks in real estate finance and property.
Professor Whitman has also written a comprehensive property treatise with Professor William Stoebuck. From 1994-97 he served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In 2002, he served as President of AALS. He was the reporter for the Uniform Non-Judicial Foreclosure Act, approved in 2002. His teaching fields include Property, Real Estate Finance and Land Use Planning.
He retired from MU in the summer of 2007. He subsequently taught as a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Florida, South Texas College of Law in Houston, and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He then spent 18 months at associate legal counsel for the LDS Church in Hong Kong, handling legal affairs throughout the Asia area for the Church. Since then he has been a visiting professor at the University of Georgia, the University of Arkansas, Florida A&M University, and Southern Methodist University. During April and May 2015 he will be a visiting professor at the law school of the Multimedia University in Malacca, Malaysia.