Jeffrey Standen

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law

Jeffrey Standen was graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review and articles editor of the Virginia Tax Review. After graduation, Standen clerked for Judge Robert Chapman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 1986-90, he practiced with the the Litigation and Bankruptcy Practice Group of Hunton & Williams. From 1990-91, Standen served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He joined the Willamette law faculty in 1991.

Professor Standen teaches Sports Law, Gaming Law, Evidence and Remedies. He has been a visiting professor at the University of San Diego and a scholar in residence at the University of Virginia. He serves as international advisor to the Philippines Court of the Sandiganbayan, the tribunal that adjudicates public corruption cases. Professor Standen is a member of the state bars of Virginia and Oregon. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned an A.B. in Political Philosophy.

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  • J.D. University of Virginia
  • A.B. Georgetown University, cum laude


  • The Law of Sports in the United States (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • The Beauty of Bets: Prediction Markets and The Problems of Compensation (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012)
  • Taking Sports Seriously: Law and Sports in Contemporary American Culture (Carolina Academic Press 2008)

Book Chapters

  • Pete Rose and Baseball's Rule 21, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History (University of Nebraska Press, 2010)
  • Athletes As Role Models, Sports and Athletes (Christine Watkins, ed., Greenhaven Press 2009)
  • Commentaries on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, United States Code Service (Lexis Publishing, 2004) (Chapter on Organizational Sanctions)


  • Foot Faults in Crunch Time: Temporal Variance in Sports Penalties (in progress)
  • Sports Betting and the Farrago of American Gambling Laws (in progress)
  • Human Capital Lending and the Disappearance of the African-American Baseball Player, Lewis and Clark Law Review (symposium; forthcoming 2013)
  • The Nascent Collegiate Super-League and Its Ramifications, Pepperdine University Law Review (symposium; forthcoming 2013)
  • Assumption of Risk in NFL Concussion Litigation: The Offhand Empiricism of the Courtroom, Florida International Law Review (symposium; forthcoming 2013)
  • Sports Law Analytics, Journal of Sports Economics (peer reviewed) (forthcoming 2012)
  • Gaming Law vs. Gambling Law, 15 Gaming Law and Economics Review 777 (2011) (peer reviewed publication)
  • Peer Effects in Affirmative Action: Evidence from Law Student Performance (with J. Mark Ramseyer and John R. Lott, Jr.), 31 International Review of Law and Economics 1 (2011) (peer reviewed publication)
  • Why Harmdoers Pay, 78 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 705 (2010)
  • The Manly Sports: The Problematic Use of Criminal Law to Regulate On-Field Player Conduct, 99 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 619 (2009)
  • The Monopoly Myth: A Comment on the Public Funding of Sports Stadiums, 16 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Journal 267 (2009)
  • The Beauty of Bets: Wagers as Compensation for Professional Athletes, 42 Willamette Law Review 639 (2006) (symposium)
  • The New Importance of Maximum Penalties, 53 Drake Law Review 575 (2005) (symposium)
  • The Politics of Miranda, 12 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 555 (2003)
  • The Production of Pro Bono, 12 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 631 (2003)
  • The End of the Era of Sentencing Guidelines: Apprendi v. New Jersey, 87 Iowa Law Review 775 (2002)
  • The Exclusionary Rule and Damages: An Economic Comparison of Private Remedies for Unconstitutional Police Conduct, 2000 Brigham Young University Law Review 1443 (reprinted in 28 Search and Seizure Law Report No. 3 (April 2001)
  • Private Remedies for Public Purposes, 36 Willamette Law Review 927 (2000)
  • An Economic Perspective on Federal Criminal Law Reform, 2 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 249 (1998)
  • In Pari Delicto, The Social Critic (Spring 1996)
  • The Fallacy of Full Compensation, 73 Washington University Law Quarterly 145 (1995)
  • Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Guidelines, 81 California Law Review 1471 (1993); reprinted in Criminal Law Review (James G. Carr, ed., 1995)
  • Teaching Law to Obedient Students, Willamette Lawyer, Fall 1993
  • Critical Legal Studies as an Anti-Positivist Phenomenon, 72 Virginia Law Review 983 (1986)

Other Writings

  • Equity vs. Debt, Oregon State Bar Bulletin 70 (February/March 2011)
  • Is the NFL a Single Entity and Therefore Exempt from Antitrust Liability?, ABA Preview of Supreme Court Cases (January 11, 2010)
  • Up A Tree Without a Nine-Iron, Legal Times (January 19, 2004)
  • A Good Bet?, Legal Times (December 1, 2003)
  • Can You Hear Them Now?, Legal Times (October 13, 2003)
  • In Memory of Robert L. Misner, 37 Willamette Law Review No. 1 (Winter 2001)
  • Why Can't Michael Play?, Legal Times (February 14, 2000)
  • Don't Play Pro Se, Legal Times (August 8, 1999)
  • Car Conundrums: Supreme Court Steers Twisting Route Through Fourth Amendment Law, Legal Times ( June 7, 1999)

Legislative Testimony

  • Statement Before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Hearing on The NFL Starcaps Case: Are Sports' Anti-Doping Programs at a Legal Crossroads? Committee on Energy and Commerce, 111th Congress of the United States (November 3, 2009)
  • Statement Before the Subcommittee on Judiciary and Education, Hearing on Admission of the State of New Columbia into the Union, H.R. 2482, Committee on the District of Columbia, United States House of Representatives, 102nd Congress, 2nd Session, pages 138-172 (March 24, 1992)