Kathleen Butler

Kathleen Butler


B.S.S. Northwestern University 1976
M.A.T. Northwestern University 1979
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1989


Professor Butler's legal experience began in private practice in Indianapolis, where she was an associate attorney responsible for the defense of tort actions.

After returning to her home town of Bloomington, Ill., she represented plaintiffs in personal injury actions and handled employment discrimination claims, general civil litigation, and appeals. During that time, Professor Butler was also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Before joining Thomas Cooley, Professor Butler was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where she taught torts, advanced torts, and products liability.

Professor Butler is a founding member of the Thomas M. Cooley Inn of Court. She was the articles editor for the University of Illinois Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She teaches Torts I and II.



Kathleen Connolly Butler, What's in a Brush Name?: Artists' Pseudonyms and the Law (Part Two), Art and Museum Law Journal, Volume 1, Spring 2006.

Kathleen Connolly Butler, What's in a Brush Name?: Artists' Pseudonyms and the Law (Part One), 1 Art and Museum Law 19, Fall 2004.

Kathleen Connolly Butler, Shared Responsibility: The Duty to Legal Externs, 106 W. VA. L. REV. 51 (2003).

Butler, Kathleen, "Sexual Harassment in Rental Housing," 1989 U ILL L REV 175.

Butler, Kathleen, "Keeping the World Safe from Naked-Chicks-in-Art Refrigerator Magnets: The Plot to Control Art Images in the Public Domain through Copyrights in Photographic and Digital Reproductions," 21 HASTINGS COMM & ENT  L J  55 (1998).

Books and Chapters in Books

Butler, Kathleen C., et. al., Torts: Principles and Practice. NY: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (2011).


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Torts, Product Liability

Courses: Torts I & II

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