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
Abraham Lincoln and the Duty of Zealous Representation: The Matson Slave Case, Conn. Pub. Int. L. J. (forthcoming 2015)
The American Legal System, Verlag Oesterreich,Vienna (2015)
Eloquence in One Draft, 95 A.B.A. J. 40 (2009) Hein Online
Lincoln, Debtor-Creditor Lawyer, 8 J. Ill. History 82 (2005)
Plagiarism in Academia and Beyond: What Is the Role of the Courts?, 38 U.S.F.L. Rev. 391 (2004) Hein Online
FLOOR PLANNING, RETAIL FINANCING & LEASING IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, West (2004)
Why Business Fails in Russia, 35 Int'l Law 123 (2001) Hein Online
Salmon P. Chase and the Great Lincoln Biographers, 21 N. Ky L. Rev. 225 (1993) Hein Online
HANDLING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, Clark Boardman Callaghan (1993)
HANDLING AUTOMOBILE WARRANTY AND REPOSESSION CASES, West (1992)
HANDLING AUTOMOBILE FINANCING AND LEASING CASES, Lawyers Co-operative Pub. Co. (1988)
Legal Expense Insurers: Winning the Battle Against Indifferent Insurance Laws and Hostile Ethics Rules, 19 Forum 142 (1983) Hein Online
Fair Use Under the 1976 Copyright Act: The Legacy of Williams & Wilkins for Librarians, 32 Library Trends 183 (1983)
PREPAID LEGAL SERVICES, Lawyers Co-operative Pub. Co. (1981)
Off-the-air Videocopying, Face to Face Teaching and the 1976 Copyright Act, 4 N. Ky L. Rev. 225 (1978)
Speaking Engagements and Recognitions
Named, Chair of the newly-constituted Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Association in Springfield. The committee will arrange presentations to bar associations on the lessons that can be learned from Lincoln’s legal career. (February 2015)
Presenter, Abraham Lincoln: Ordinary or Extraordinary Lawyer?, Conference on Illinois History, Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield, IL (October 2012)