William A. Kaplin

Distinguished Professorial Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy

A.B., University of Rochester
J.D., Cornell University

Constitutional Law I and II, Education Law

Professor Kaplin joined the Stetson faculty in 2005 as a visiting professor of law from The Catholic University of America, where he continues to serve part time as Research Professor of Law. He was a tenured full professor at Catholic from 1978-2007. He has also been a visiting professor at Cornell University; and at Wake Forest University; a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Houston, Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance; and a scholar in residence at George Washington University's Institute for Educational Leadership, at Wake Forest University, and at Stetson University. He teaches and writes in the areas of education law and constitutional law.

Professor Kaplin has authored eleven books, including American Constitutional Law: An Overview, Analysis, and Integration and The Law of Higher Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Implications of Administrative Decision Making. The first edition of The Law of Higher Education was recognized by the American Council on Education as the year's most outstanding book on higher education. An earlier work of Professor Kaplin's, State, School, and Family: Cases and Materials on Law and Education (Matthew Bender, 1973 & 2nd. ed. 1979, with Sorgen, Duffy, and Margolin) was the first law school casebook on education law in the United States.

Professor Kaplin is currently Senior Fellow at Stetson's Center Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy; a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of College and University Law; a mentor/leader for the bi-annual Houston Higher Education Law Roundtable; and a member of the U.S./U.K. Roundtable on Higher Education Law.

Professor Kaplin is the past chair of the Education Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a former editor of the Journal of College and University Law, and a former member of the Education Appeal Board of the U.S. Department of Education. Selected as a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Professor Kaplin has received the American Council on Education Borden Award, Association of Student Judicial Affairs D. Parker Young Award, and the 20th Anniversary Scholarship Award by the Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education. In 2008, the Stetson University established a national award in Professor Kaplin's honor, the William Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship. It is presented annually to an outstanding scholar in recognition of work interrelating law and policy.