Steven L. Harris

Professor Steven L. Harris
Professor of Law Emeritus
565 W. Adams St., Room 739
Chicago, IL 60661


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., University of Chicago


Professor Harris came to Chicago-Kent from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a professor from 1984 to 1996. He specializes in commercial and bankruptcy law and has published widely in scholarly journals, including the Cornell Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Virginia Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review. He also is co-author of Cases, Problems, and Materials on Security Interests in Personal Property. An active participant in law reform, Professor Harris serves on the United States delegation to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) and recently served as a reporter to the Drafting Committee to revise Uniform Commercial Code Article 9.

Professor Harris earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Chicago. He entered full-time teaching in 1978, after a judicial clerkship and several years of practicing law in Chicago. He has taught on the faculty of Wayne State University Law School and as a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In 1990–91, he was a scholar in residence at Sidley & Austin.

Professor Harris is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.