Law School Directory

William H. Henning
Distinguished Professor of Law

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

William H. Henning

Professor Henning received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1972, a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976, and an LL.M. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1982. He served for many years as the R.B. Price Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law before taking emeritus status in 2002 and moving Alabama. 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 aspects 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. His responsibilities as Executive Director included selecting reporters for drafting projects, serving as liaison to the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute, and developing a framework for cooperation between the ULC and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Private International Law. Although no longer Executive Director, he continues his work with the ULC as an Alabama Commissioner. Professor Henning is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, the American Law Institute, and 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 guidelines for a public registry system for countries adopting laws governing security interests in movable assets. A sampling of Professor Henning’s publications and presentations appears below.


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

Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act, chapter in Vol. 10A of Hawkland’s Uniform Commercial Code Series, Thomson/West 2008

Understanding Secured Transactions, 4th edition, with W. Lawrence and W. Freyermuth, LexisNexis 2007 (co-author also on 1st through 3d editions)

An Analysis of Amended UCC Articles 2 and 2A, with H. Gabriel, LexisNexis 2004

Articles and Other Publications:

Uniform Commercial Code Law Letter, with F. Miller, published monthly by Thomson/West

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)

Current Status of the UCC, with F. Miller, 70 UCC Bulletin, Release 4, p. 1, May 2010

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, 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)

Coordinator and Faculty Member, Judicial Tribal Training Symposium on Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act (Green Bay, 2009, and Denver, 2008)

Faculty, ALI-ABA CLE Course of Study, The New Uniform Commercial Code (Boston, 2007)

Presentation, United States Law Governing Sales of Products that Combine Goods and Software, Conference on Legal Dimensions of International Sales and Services (Salzburg, 2006)

Presentation, The Role of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in Implementing International Conventions, Advisory Committee to the Office of Private International Law, U.S. State Department (Washington, D.C., 2006)

Presentation, Global Issues in Commercial and Consumer Law and the Role of Uniformity, Credit Law Institute (London, 2005)

Presentation, Current Issues in Law Reform, Standing Rules Committee, Federal Judicial Conference (Phoenix, 2004)