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Henry Stephens

Henry L. Stephens Jr.
Professor of Law


Professor Henry “Steve” Stephens Jr. was dean of Chase College of Law from 1986 through June 1992, after serving as interim dean for the 1985-86 academic year. He joined the faculty in 1979, and was associate dean from 1981 to 1985.

Prior to joining the faculty, he was involved in litigation and environmental practice with the firms of Middleton, Reutlinger and Baird in Louisville, Kentucky; Robinson & McElwee in West Virginia; and Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald in Louisville. He has also been a special assistant attorney general and staff attorney for the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, and assistant counsel for the Louisville-Jefferson County Board of Health.

He is a past president of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and past chair of the boards of trustees of the Center for the Resolution of Disputes, and The Hillside Trust. From 2011 through 2015, he was a Kentucky commissioner and delegate to the Uniform Law Commission. From 2013 through 2016, he was a member of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. His recent pro bono work in a successful motion to exclude evidence seized during an illegal search resulted in federal prosecutors making a sentencing offer of five years’ imprisonment, which a judge subsequently reduced to time served and thirty-two months, avoiding a possible life sentence.

Professor Stephens received a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky David Rosenberg College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Kentucky University. In 1996, he completed mediator training at the Harvard College of Law Program for Instruction of Lawyers. He was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in 2005, the year the category of Alternative Dispute Resolution, was first listed, and has been included every year since. In 2015 he was selected by Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Cincinnati region.