Jeffrey Standen

Jeffrey Standen
Professor of Law

Dean and Professor of Law

“I am honored to be selected by NKU to lead NKU Chase College of Law, and I very much look forward to working with the faculty, administration and alumni to ensure that our students receive a world-class, practice-ready education that prepares them for every success. Chase has a long and storied tradition and an even brighter future, and I look forward to contributing to the substantial accomplishments of my predecessors.”


Jeffrey A. Standen is the dean of NKU Chase College of Law and a professor of law. He has taught and published scholarly articles and books in the fields of sports law, gaming law, and criminal and civil remedies. Prior to joining Chase in 2013, Standen was the associate dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Research and held the Van Winkle Melton Professorship in law at Willamette University College of Law. He has taught as a visiting professor and served as scholar-in-residence at the University of San Diego and University of Virginia, respectively.

Dean Standen is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned his A.B. cum laude in political philosophy and studied abroad at the London School of Economics. He was graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review and an articles editor of the Virginia Tax Review. After graduation from law school, Dean Standen served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Robert F. Chapman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before beginning his academic career, he practiced as an associate for four years with the litigation group of the Hunton & Williams law firm, and then served for one year as the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.



  • A.B., cum laude, political philosophy, Georgetown University
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Courses Taught

  • Sports Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Evidence
  • Remedies


The Special Exemption for Fantasy Sports, in HANDBOOK of AMERICAN SPORTS LAW (Michael McCann, ed., forthcoming 2017)

The Demise of the African-American Baseball Player, 18 Lewis & Clark  L. Rev. 421 (2014)

The Next Labor Market in College Sports, 92 Ore. L. Rev. 1093 (2014)

Trends in Legal Education, Cincinnati Business Courier (September 2014).

The Changing Nature of the JD, Lex Loci (Northern Kentucky Bar Association), August 2014.

Foot Faults in Crunch Time: Temporal Variance in Sports Law and Antitrust Regulation, 41 PEPP. L. REV. 349 (2014) pdf

The Demise of the African-American Baseball Player, Lewis and Clark Law Review (symposium; 2013)

The Law of Sports in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2013)

The Nascent Collegiate Super-League and Its Ramifications, Pepperdine University Law Review (symposium; 2013)

Assumption of Risk in NFL Concussion Litigation: The Offhand Empiricism of the Courtroom, Florida International Law Review (symposium; 2013) Hein Online

Sports Law Analytics, Journal of Sports Economics (peer reviewed) (2012)

The Beauty of Bets: Predition Markets and the Problems of Compensation, Oxford University Press (2012)

Gaming Law vs. Gambling Law, 15 Gaming Law and Economics Review 777 (peer reviewed) (2011)

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 (peer reviewed) (2011) Westlaw

Equity vs. Debt, Oregon State Bar Bulletin 70 (February/March 2011) Westlaw

Is the NFL a Single Entity and Therefore Exempt from Antitrust Liability?, ABA Preview of Supreme Court Cases (January 11, 2010) Hein Online

Why Harmdoers Pay, 78 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 705 (2010) Hein Online

PETE ROSE AND BASEBALL'S RULE 21, "Nine: A Journal of Baseball History," University of Nebraska Press (2010) SSRN

ATHLETES AS ROLE MODELS, "Sports and Athletes," Christine Watkins, ed., Greenhaven Press (2009)

The Manly Sports: The Problematic Use of Criminal Law to Regulate On-Field Player Conduct, 99 Journal of Crim. L. and Criminology 619 (2009) Hein Online

The Monopoly Myth: A Comment on the Public Funding of Sports Stadiums, 16 Villanova Sports & Ent. L. J. 267 (2009) Hein Online

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)


The Beauty of Bets: Wagers as Compensation for Professional Athletes, 42 Willamette L. Rev. 639 (symposium) (2006) Hein Online

The New Importance of Maximum Penalties, 53 Drake L. Rev. 575 (symposium) (2005) Hein Online

COMMENTARIES ON THE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES, Chapter on Organizational Sanctions, United States Code Service, Lexis Publishing (2004)

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)

The Politics of Miranda, 12 Cornell J. of L. & Pub. Pol'y 555 (2003) Hein Online

The Production of Pro Bono, 12 Cornell J. of L. & Pub. Pol'y 631 (2003) Hein Online

The End of the Era of Sentencing Guidelines: Apprendi v. New Jersey, 87 Iowa L. Rev. 775 (2002) Hein Online    SSRN     

In Memory of Robert L. Misner, 37 Willamette L. Rev. No. 1 (Winter 2001) Hein Online

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) SSRN    

Why Can't Michael Play?, Legal Times (February 14, 2000)

Private Remedies for Public Purposes, 36 Willamette L. Rev. 927 (2000) Hein Online

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)

An Economic Perspective on Federal Criminal Law Reform, 2 Buff. Crim. L. Rev. 249 (1998) Hein Online

In Pari Delicto, The Social Critic (Spring 1996)

The Fallacy of Full Compensation, 73 Washington University Law Quarterly 145 (1995) Hein Online

Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Guidelines, 81 Calif. L. Rev. 1471 (1993); reprinted in Criminal Law Review, James G. Carr, ed. (1995) Hein Online   

Teaching Law to Obedient Students, Willamette Lawyer (Fall 1993)

Legislative Testimony: 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)

Critical Legal Studies as an Anti-Positivist Phenomenon, 72 Va. L. Rev. 983 (1986) Hein Online   

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Quoted in “The decision: Rule 21(D) (2) and the Giamatti Agreement,” by James Pilcher, Cincinnati Enquirer, (March 19, 2015)

Quoted in “N.F.L. and American Needle Agree to Settle Lawsuit,” New York Times, (February 18, 2015)

Quoted in “Will Other Leagues Join N.B.A.? Don’t Bet on It,” by Ken Belson, New York Times, (November 14, 2014)

Radio Interview, Cincinnati Edition: Preparing lawyers for the digital age - the Lunsford Academy for Law, Business & Technology at NKU. WVXU, Cincinnati. (Nov. 12, 2014), (

Radio Interview, Cincinnati Edition: Too Many or Too Few Lawyers Depends on Where You Live - How Law Schools Are Addressing This. WVXU, Cincinnati. (July 16, 2014), (

Pennsylvania’s NCAA Suit Makes No Sense, CNN Opinion, (January 8, 2013)

Where Does a Bet Take Place?: Intractable Choice of Law Problems in Gaming Law, Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX (September 2012)

NCAA, Legal Exemptions and Liabilities, Pepperdine Law Review Symposium, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA (April 2013)

Gambling and Corruption in Sports, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal and Virginia Sports Law Society Symposium, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA (March 2013)

The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of Football, University of Mississippi Sports Law Review Symposium, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS (November 2012)

Quoted in, Five Former N.F.L. Players Sue the Chiefs Over Head Injuries, The New York Times, (December 3, 2013)