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William H. Henning
Distinguished Professor of Law
William H. Henning's CV

Areas of Expertise:
International Law
Leases Of Goods
Sales Of Goods
Secured Transactions (Non-Real Estate)

William H. Henning

Professor Henning served as the R.B. Price Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law before moving to Alabama in 2002. At Missouri, he was a three-time winner of the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and the first member of the law faculty to be selected for a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, awarded annually to ten faculty members from all areas of the university. He has published widely in the field of commercial law, including several books on Articles 2 and 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. In 1994, Professor Henning was appointed to serve Missouri as a Commissioner with the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). In that capacity, he was a member, and then chair, of the Drafting Committee to Amend UCC Article 2 (Sales) and Article 2A (Leases). In 2001, while continuing his duties at Missouri, he became the ULC’s Executive Director, a position he held until 2007. Although no longer Executive Director, he continues his work with the ULC as an Alabama Commissioner, currently chairing a drafting committee on wage garnishment and serving as a member of a drafting committee on social media privacy. Professor Henning is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the State Department’s Advisory Council on Private International Law. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Working Group VI, which is preparing a model act on secured transactions for countries with developing economies. A sampling of Professor Henning’s publications and presentations appears below.

Books and Book Chapters:

Understanding Secured Transactions, 5th edition, with W. Lawrence and W. Freyermuth, LexisNexis 2012 (co-author also on 1st through 4th editions)

Understanding Sales and Leases of Goods, 2nd edition, with W. Lawrence, LexisNexis 2009 (co-author also on 1st edition; 3rd edition due 2015)

Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act, chapter in Vol. 10A of Hawkland’s Uniform Commercial Code Series, Thomson Reuters 2008 (updated annually)


Uniform Commercial Code Law Letter, with F. Miller (published monthly by Thomson Reuters)

Article 9 and the Characterization and Treatment of Tenant Security Deposits, with R. Freyermuth, 35 U.A.L.R. Law Rev. 999 (Summer 2013)

Freedom of Contract vs. Free Alienability: An Old Struggle Emerges in a New Context, with N. Cohen, 46 Gonzaga L. Rev. 353 (2011)

The Uniform Law Commission and Cooperative Federalism: Implementing Private International Law Conventions through Uniform State Laws, 2 Elon L. Rev. 39 (2011)

A Unified Rationale for Section 2-607(3) Notification, with W. Lawrence, 46 S.D.L. Rev. 573 (2009)

Amended Article 2: What Went Wrong?, 11 Duq. Bus. L.J. 131 (2009)

Voluntarism in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, with J. Hodge and R. Pepe, 1 AMA Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, No. 1, p. 44, 2007


Panelist, Recent Issues Involving Remedies under UCC Articles 2 and 2A, New England Law School (Boston 2015) 

Presentation, Creating a Legal Infrastructure to Support Tribal Economic Development, Property and Environment Research Center (Bozeman, 2013)

Panelist, Making the Case: Tips for Using (or Being) a UCC Expert Witness (ABA 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco)

Presenter, Training Seminars for Tribal Judges (Seattle and Minneapolis, 2012-2013)

Panelist, Things We Like, and Dislike, About Article 9 of the UCC, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (Amelia Island, 2012)

Panelist, UCC Article 2 and Related Issues, New England Law School (Boston 2012)

Panelist, International Business Regulation, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (West Palm Beach, 2010)

Panelist, Principles of the Law of Software Contracting: The ALI Passed It. Now What?, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (West Palm Beach, 2009)