Jeffrey Stake

Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Jeffrey Stake is the Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. He earned his B.A. In 1975 from the University of Illinois and his J.D. In 1981 from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for the Honorable Oscar H. Davis, U.S. Court of Claims, Washington, D.C. during 1981-82 and was an Associate at Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., during 1982-85. Professor Stake has taught Property, Wills and Trusts, and Land-Use Controls at Indiana University since 1985. He was Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s first teacher to receive both the Leon Wallace Teaching Award and the IU Trustees Teaching Award. He was the past President and founding Vice-President of the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law. Professor Stake’s interdisciplinary approach brings principles of economics, psychology, and evolution to bear on legal issues ranging from alimony and adverse possession to the Rule against Perpetuities. In addition, he has applied evolution to the First Amendment’s protection of free speech and empirical economic analysis to careers of IU law graduates and to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of law schools. A number of his papers are available for free on SSRN. He has published in leading legal periodicals and has presented papers at scholarly conferences throughout the United States and Europe, and has lectured at Paris II and at the Max Planck Institute in Jena Germany.