Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Bill Henderson has once again been recognized as one of the most influential people in legal education, but he’s not the only one with ties to the Law School on this year’s list.
The National Jurist ranked Henderson #18 on its list. Kellye Testy, a 1991 alumna of the Law School and president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, is ranked second.
“These key players are major forces in shaping legal education,” the magazine wrote in its spring 2024 issue. “As in years past, in creating our list, we sought nomination from the nation’s law schools and added our own nominees. We then narrowed the list and asked every law school dean to rate them.”
Henderson is no stranger to the list, having been named the most influential person in legal education in both 2015 and 2016, and earning the #2 spot in 2013 and 2014. Based on his research and public speaking, Henderson has also been included on the National Law Journal’s list of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, which is compiled every ten years.
In addition to his research and teaching, Professor Henderson has participated in several legal innovation initiatives:
- 2018 to present: Co-founder of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP, “i-flip”), a nonprofit that designs and delivers curricula and training for T-shaped legal professions (i.e., law combined with data, process, technology, design principles, and business).
- 2017 to present: Founder and editor of Legal Evolution, an online applied research publication focused on successful legal industry innovation.
- 2010-2016: Co-founder of Lawyer Metrics, an applied research company that helps lawyers and law firms use data to make better operational and strategic decisions. Lawyer Metrics (now LawyerMetrix) was acquired by AccessLex Institute in 2015.
In 2018, Professor Henderson was commissioned by the State Bar of California to write a legal market landscape report, which has been relied upon by the State Bar Trustees and bar authorities in other jurisdictions as they evaluate possible changes to the ethics rules that regulate lawyer and shape the modern legal marketplace.