University of Wisconsin–Madison

Larry Church

Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law

Church, Larry

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Telephone: 608-262-1695
Office: Room 7105, Law School

LL.B., University of Wisconsin Law School

Teaching Areas:
Comparative Law
Constitutional Law
Legal Processes
Property Law

Recently Taught Courses
601 Intro to American Law
724 Property



Born: June 20, 1938, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Preliminary Schooling: Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1941-56)
College: Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A., Cum Laude, 1960.
Major: German and Philosophy. Sphinx Honor Society. Perry Award.

Law School: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. LL.B., Summa Cum Laude, 1963. Note Editor, Wisconsin Law Review. Dahlberg Award. Order of the Coif. Ford Foundation Fellowship in Urban and Regional Planning.


1963-65 Lecturer, Haile Sellassie University, Faculty of Law, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (U.S. Peace Corps)

1965-68 Associate with Foley and Lardner, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1968- Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School; 1971, Associate Professor; Professor since 1975; Currently Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law

1971-72 Advisor to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan

1972-74 Lecturer, University of Zambia Law School

1976 Visiting Professor, Brigham Young University Law School

1980 Visiting Professor, University of Oregon Law School

1983 Visiting Professor, American University Law School

1983- Lectures on American Law for Foreign Students, summers, Wisconsin International Institute

1985, 1989 Two weeks to one month lectures on American Law in Australia

1992 China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan.


Constitutional Law; Property; Criminal Law; Environmental Law;

Currently Taught: Introduction to American Law

Student teaching awards: 1971; 1975; 1976; 1977; 1978; 1979; 1985; 1988; 1993


Casebooks: Legislative and Administrative Processes, (with Linde, Bunn and Paff) Foundation Press, Mineola, New York (1981)

Introduction to American Law: A Casebook (with Christenson) (1995)

Articles: A Commentary on the Law of Agency - Representation, III. J. Eth. Law, 284-302; 303-316 (1966);

Equitable Conversion in Wisconsin, 1970 Wis. L. Rev., 404;

Legal Systems, Chapter II of Institutions in Agricultural Development, Iowa State University Press, Ames, 1971;

New Directions in Regionalism: A Case Study of Intergovernmental Relations, 1971 Wis. L. Rev., 449 (with C. P. Runge);

Law and the Future in Afghanistan, Qaza (Kabul), 1972 (reprinted 3 Law Asia 457);

Courts, Legislatures and the Application of Statutes: Zambia's Stock Theft Law, 1973 Zambia L. J. 87;

The Common Law and Zambia, 1974 Zambia L. J. (reprinted, Law in Zambia, East African Pub'l. Nairobi, 1984);

Free Speech, Defamation and South Africa, 3 Issue 51 (1974);

Lesion Contracts, 1975 Tehran L. Rev. 12 (with N. Katouzian);

Public Access to Privately Owned Lands, (with Model Recreational Land Use Act) 1979;

Soil Erosion - The Next Crisis?, 1982 Wis. L. Rev. 535 (with J. Arts);

Farmland Conversion: The View from 1986, 1986 Ill. L. Rev. 521;

A Call for Readable Law Review Articles, 1989 Wis. L. Rev. 739;

History and the Constitutional Role of Courts, 1990 Wis. L. Rev. 1071;

Commenting on Comments, 24 Conn. L.R. 185 (1991).

Course Materials:

Cases and materials on Agency and Business organization, Ethiopia, 1964;

An Introduction to the Law of Zambia, 1974 (reprinted, 1993);

Criminal Law; Property; Constitutional Law; Law and Population; Introduction to American Law; Environmental Law.