On February 12, 2016, Jennifer K. Robbennolt was invested as the Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law.
Jennifer K. Robbennolt specializes in the areas of psychology and law, torts, and dispute resolution. Her research integrates psychology into the study of law and legal institutions, focusing primarily on legal decision-making and the use of empirical research methodology in law. She is co-author of several books, including the newly released The Psychology of Tort Law; Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making; a textbook onEmpirical Methods in Law (with Illinois colleagues Robert M. Lawless and Thomas S. Ulen); and the influential casebook, Dispute Resolution and Lawyers.
She has served as secretary of the American Psychology-Law Society and as the chair of the AALS Section on Law and the Social Sciences and is on the editorial boards of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; Law and Human Behavior; and Law and Social Inquiry.
Robbennolt has been awarded the Wayne R. LaFave Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, the Professional Article Prize awarded by the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and the Shook, Hardy, & Bacon Excellence in Research Award. She holds the John E. Cribbet Excellence in Teaching Award and has been awarded the Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding teaching and the Gold Chalk Award for dedication and service to the advancement of graduate student education.
A graduate with highest honors of the University of Nebraska College of Law, she also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from the University of Nebraska. She clerked for the Honorable John M. Gerrard of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law was established in 1991 by Robert and Alice Campbell and was first bestowed upon Charles Tabb. Robert received a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the College of Business in 1954; Alice earned a juris doctor degree in 1943 from the College of Law. Alice served a three-year term on the College of Law’s Board of Visitors from 1990-1993 and provided expertise as vice-chair of the College’s Centennial Council during 1996-1997. She has also served as a board member for the University of Illinois Foundation.
The Campbells’ longtime and generous support of the University of Illinois includes the lead donation for the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, creation of Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, matching funds to purchase bells for the Altgeld Hall Carillon, scholarships for the James Newton Matthews Scholars Program, and funds for the Michael Aiken Endowed Chair.