Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


Michael J. Kaufman

Title/s: Dean and Professor of Law
Founding Director of Education Law and Policy Institute, Director of Institute for Investor Protection

Office #: Corboy 1235

Phone: 312.915.7143

E-mail: mkaufma@luc.edu


Michael J. Kaufman's SSRN Website

Dean Kaufman has published dozens of books and countless law review articles in the areas of his expertise, including education law and policy, securities regulation and litigation, civil procedure and jurisprudence. After graduating from Kenyon College magna cum laude, Dean Kaufman received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he won the Law School's American Judicature Society Award. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Nathanial R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced securities and civil rights litigation in one of the world’s largest law firms. Dean Kaufman also was elected to three terms on the Board of Education of a large, diverse school district in the Chicago area, serving as the Board's President and Vice-President. In addition, Dean Kaufman is a Public Arbitrator for securities disputes and delivers bar examination review lectures for thousands of law students throughout the country each year in the areas of civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, agency and business organizations.

Research Interests

Dean Kaufman publishes significant works of scholarship in four major areas: (1) education law and policy; (2) securities regulation and litigation; (3) civil procedure, and (4) jurisprudence.

The cornerstone of his education law scholarship is his casebook entitled, Education Law, Policy and Practice: Cases and Materials (Aspen 1st ed. 2005, 2d ed. 2009, 3d ed. 2013). That book, which is accompanied by a Teacher's Manual, has become one of the leading texts used in both law school and graduate school classes devoted to education law and policy. Dean Kaufman has also developed an expertise in early childhood education and has co-authored two books, The Pre-K Home Companion: Learning the Importance of Early Childhood Education and Choosing the Best Program for Your Family (Rowman & Littlefield 2016) and Learning Together: The Law, Policy, Pedagogy, Economics and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education (Rowman and Littlefield 2014). He has published articles regarding the Supreme Court's approach to racial desegregation in the University of Michigan's Journal of Race and the Law, the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and the University of Richmond Law Review. He has also pursued the issue of gender equality in a Buffalo Law Review article addressing the need to reconcile the legal principle of equality with the pedagogical benefits of gender differentiation. Because of his prominence in the field, he was selected to present his work at the University of Michigan Law School Conference entitled "From Proposition 209 to Proposal 2: Examining the Effects of Anti-Affirmative Action Voter Initiatives." Dean Kaufman is also the founding director of Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute, which conducts research conferences, comprehensive academic programs, direct representation, and advocacy dedicated to enhancing educational access and equity.   

At the same time, Dean Kaufman has published extremely influential books and articles in the area of securities regulation and litigation. He is the co-author of the new book, “Rule 10b-5 Private Securities Fraud Litigation (West 2014). His multi-volume treatise, entitled Securities Litigation: Damages, first published by West in 1985, is now in its 26th edition. In addition, Dean Kaufman's book, Expert Witnesses: Securities Cases (West 2010-11), integrates the law of evidence governing expert testimony with the substantive doctrine of securities law. He has also authored dozens of articles in this area, including his recent work in the Alabama Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Washington University Law Quarterly, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, and the Journal of Corporation Law. He has authored a series of articles regarding private remedies for securities fraud, which have been published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Stanford University Journal of Law, Business and Finance, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Dean Kaufman also founded and directs the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Investor Protection, which produces conferences, research, publications and resources to support securities fraud prevention and remedies.

 Moreover, Dean Kaufman is a leading authority in the area of civil procedure. He has co-authored the new course book, “Learning Civil Procedure,” (West 2013). He also has published the most widely used treatise in this field of Illinois civil litigation. His Illinois Civil Trial Procedure book was completely revised in 2009, and is now in its 12th edition. His book entitled Depositions: Law, Strategy and Technique, is now in its 3rd edition, and appears in both a law school edition and a practitioner edition. His scholarship in nuanced areas of civil procedure also has been published in many law review articles over the past two decades.

Finally, Dean Kaufman has also developed a strong record of published work in the area of jurisprudence. His article on the value of friendship in law and literature was published in the Fordham Law Review, and his article on rhetorical questions of equality and justice in educational opportunities, was published in the Loyola Chicago Law Journal. 

Courses Taught

Business Organizations

Civil Procedure

Comparative Education Law

Education Law Practicum

Education Law and Policy

Securities Litigation Seminar

Securities Regulation