Michael J. Kaufman

Title/s:  Former Dean and Professor of Law
Founding Director of Education Law and Policy Institute, Director of Institute for Investor Protection



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Dean Kaufman has published dozens of books and countless law review articles in the areas of his expertise, including education law and policy, securities regulation and litigation, civil procedure, and jurisprudence. After graduating from Kenyon College magna cum laude, Dean Kaufman received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School where he won the Law School's American Judicature Society Award. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Nathanial R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then practiced securities and civil rights litigation in one of the world’s largest law firms. Dean Kaufman also was elected to three terms on the Board of Education of a large, diverse school district in the Chicago area, serving as the Board's President and Vice-President. In addition, Dean Kaufman is a Public Arbitrator for securities disputes and delivers bar examination review lectures for thousands of law students throughout the country each year in the areas of civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, agency, and business organizations.


BA, Kenyon College
JD, University of Michigan Law School

Research Interests

Dean Kaufman publishes significant works of scholarship in four major areas: (1) education law and policy; (2) securities regulation and litigation; (3) civil procedure, and (4) jurisprudence.

The cornerstone of his education law scholarship is his casebook titled, "Education Law, Policy and Practice: Cases and Materials" (Aspen 1st ed. 2005, 2d ed. 2009, 3d ed. 2013, 4th ed. 2018). That book, which is accompanied by a Teacher's Manual, has become one of the leading texts used in both law school and graduate school classes devoted to education law and policy. Dean Kaufman's recent book, titled "Badges and Incidents: A Transdisciplinary History of the Right to Education in America" (Cambridge University Press 2019) has earned wide acclaim from leading scholars across a wise array of disciplines.

He also has become a leading scholar in the area of pedagogy at all levels of education, having authored an influential article in the Seattle Law Review titled "Social Justice and the American Law School Today: Since we are Made for Love." Dean Kaufman also has developed an expertise in early childhood education and has co-authored two books, "The Pre-K Home Companion: Learning the Importance of Early Childhood Education" and "Choosing the Best Program for Your Family" (Rowman & Littlefield 2016) and Learning Together: The Law, Policy, Pedagogy, Economics and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education (Rowman and Littlefield 2016). He has published articles regarding the Supreme Court's approach to racial desegregation in the University of Michigan's Journal of Race and the Law, the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and the University of Richmond Law Review. He also has pursued the issue of gender equality in a Buffalo Law Review article addressing the need to reconcile the legal principle of equality with the pedagogical benefits of gender differentiation. Dean Kaufman is also the founding director of Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute, which conducts research conferences, comprehensive academic programs, direct representation, and advocacy dedicated to enhancing educational access and equity.   

At the same time, Dean Kaufman has published extremely influential books and articles in the area of securities regulation and litigation. He is the co-author of the casebook, "Securities Litigation: Law, Policy, and Practice (Carolina Academic Press 2016) and the treatise, “Rule 10b-5 Private Securities Fraud Litigation" (West 2019). His multi-volume treatise, entitled Securities Litigation: Damages, first published by West in 1985, is now in its 34th edition. He also has published a multi-volume treatise titled "Blue Sky Law." In addition, Dean Kaufman's book, Expert Witnesses: Securities Cases (West 2011), integrates the law of evidence governing expert testimony with the substantive doctrine of securities law. He has also authored dozens of articles in this area, including his work in the Alabama Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, the S.M.U. Law Review, and the Journal of Corporation Law. He has authored a series of articles regarding private remedies for securities fraud, which have been published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Stanford University Journal of Law, Business and Finance, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Dean Kaufman also founded and directs the Loyola University Chicago Institute for Investor Protection, which produces conferences, research, publications, and resources to support securities fraud prevention and remedies.

 Moreover, Dean Kaufman is a leading authority in the area of civil procedure. He has co-authored the course book, “Learning Civil Procedure,” (West 3rd. ed. 2018). He also has published the most widely used treatise in the field of Illinois civil litigation, which is now in its 20th edition. His book titled, "Depositions: Law, Strategy and Technique", is updated annually, and appears in both a law school edition and a practitioner edition. His scholarship in nuanced areas of civil procedure also has been published in many law review articles over the past three decades.

Finally, Dean Kaufman has also developed a strong record of published work in the area of jurisprudence. His article on the value of friendship in law and literature was published in the Fordham Law Review, and his article on rhetorical questions of equality and justice in educational opportunities, was published in the Loyola Chicago Law Journal.