Larry Church

Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law

Larry  Church

975 Bascom Mall

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

College: B.A. German and Philosophy, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, Cum Laude, 1960
Sphinx Honor Society. Perry Award.


Born: June 20, 1938, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Preliminary Schooling: Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1941-56)



  • 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.

Scholarship & Publications

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Teaching Areas

  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Processes
  • Property Law
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