Professor of Law
"Law firms value our students not just for their skills, but for their work ethic, which we foster here. That's why we are called 'The Lawyers' School."
Professor Billings came to Chase in 1972 after working seven years for a major New York City publishing company, Charles Scribner's Sons. He received his A.B. from Wabash College and his J.D. from the University of Akron.
In law school, Professor Billings' favorite course was Commercial Paper, because "It was the most challenging and I liked the UCC". A highlight of his law school career was having an article published on Copyright Law. He advises students to "Study more hours than you think you need to" and to "Be prepared to answer any questions in class with something, even if it's wrong. His article, "A. Lincoln, Debtor-Creditor Lawyer", was published in the Summer, 2005 issue of the Journal of Illinois History.
Professor Billing has written four books for practitioners, Prepaid Legal Services, Handling Automobile Warranty and Repossession Cases, Floor Planning, Financing and Leasing in the Automobile Industry, and Handling Business Transactions in the Common Market and Eastern Europe. His most recent book is Abraham Lincoln, Esquire, The Legal Career of America's Greatest President (2010), co-edited with Frank Williams. His article, "A. Lincoln, Debtor-Creditor Lawyer", was published in the Summer, 2005 issue of the Journal of Illinois History.
He regularly visits Munich, Germany and the Russian Peoples' Friendship University in Moscow, as a participant in lawyer exchanges. In the Spring semester of 2007 he was on sabbatical, teaching world trade law at the University of Salzburg College of Law and doing research for an article about "national champions." He also continues doing research on Lincoln, the Commercial Lawyer.
Professor Billings' subjects are Agency, Partnership and Limited Liability Companies; Payment Systems; Sales and Secured Transactions; Bankruptcy; Debtor-Creditor Law; International Business Transactions; and the Legal Environment of the Automobile Industry. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Professor at the University of Salzburg Law School during 2004.
- BA History/German, Wabash College
- JD, The University of Akron
- Agency, Partnership, LLC's
- European Union
- UCC: Payment Systems
- UCC: Sales & Secured Transactions
Lincoln, Debtor-Creditor Lawyer, 8 J. Ill. History 82 (2005)
FLOOR PLANNING, RETAIL FINANCING & LEASING IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, West (2004)