Beginning Tuesday, March 17 and until further notice, STCL Houston will close to outside visitors and only essential personnel will be expected to report to work. Supervisors will reach out to staff with additional information on modified operations. Staff should contact their supervisors or HR with questions. The school will provide additional updates as they become available. Please visit for updated information.

Dru Stevenson

Professor of Law

B.A., Wheaton College
J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
LL.M., Yale Law School

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Statutory Interpretation


Office: 724T

Professor Stevenson joined the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston in 2003, and teaches Administrative Law/Regulation, Professional Responsibility, Nonprofit Incorporation, Legislation, and the Law & Economics seminar. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Connecticut Law Review. After receiving his J.D., he practiced as a Legal Aid lawyer in Connecticut for three years. He earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Yale Law School in 2002, and became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut until leaving to accept his position at South Texas College of Law Houston. Professor Stevenson’s publications cover topics ranging from criminal law to civil procedure, with an emphasis on the intersection of law with economics and linguistic theory. His articles have been cited in leading academic journals and treatises, by federal and state appellate courts, and in recent briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.


The Complex Interplay Between the Controlled Substances Act and the Gun Control Act, ___ Ohio State J. Crim. L. _____ (forthcoming).

Smart Guns, the Law, and the Second Amendment, 125 Penn State L. Rev. (2020) (forthcoming-symposium).

Going Gunless, 85 Brooklyn L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2020).

Gun Violence as an Obstacle to Educational Inequality, 50 U. Memphis L. Rev. __ (2020)(symposium-forthcoming)

Ethical Issues with Lawyers Openly Carrying Firearms, 10 St. Mary’s J. on Legal Malpractice & Ethics __ (forthcoming 2020). (solicited)

The Urgent Need for Legal Scholarship on Firearm Policy, 68 Buff. L. Rev. 1449 (2019).

The Impact of District Elections on Municipal Pensions and Investment, 14 J.L. Econ & Pol’y 127 (2017). (with Richard Boylan)

Bargaining in the Shadow of Big Data , 67 Fla. L. Rev. 1337 (2015).(with Nicholas J. Wagoner)

Monopsony Problems with Court-Appointed Counsel, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 2273 (2014).

Against Confidentiality, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 337 (2014).

Costs of Codification, 2014 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1129.

Standing As Channeling in the Administrative Age, 53 B.C. L. Rev. 1357 (2012). (with Sonny Eckhart)

Judicial Deference to Legislatures in Constitutional Analysis, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 2083 (2012)

Jury Selection and the Coase Theorem, 97 Iowa L. Rev. 1645 (2012).

The Function Of Uncertainty Within Jury Systems, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 513 (2012).

FCPA Sanctions: Too Big to Debar? 80 Fordham L. Rev. 775 (2011). (with Nicholas Wagoner)

Effect of the National Security Paradigm on Criminal Law, 22 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 129 (2011).

A Million Little Takings, 14 U. Penn. J.L. & Social Change 1 (2011).

Rethinking IOLTA, 76 Mo. L. Rev. 455 (2011).

Privatization of State Administrative Services, 68 Louisiana L. Rev. 1285 (2008) (solicited).

Entrapment & Terrorism, 49 B.C. L. Rev. 125 (2008).

Special Solicitude for State Standing: Massachusetts v. EPA, 112 Penn. St. L. Rev. 1 (2007).

Reverse Bifurcation, 75 U. Cin. L. Rev. 213 (2006).

Libertarian Paternalism: The Cocaine Vaccine as a Test Case for the Sunstein/Thaler Model, 3 Rutgers J.L. & Urban Pol’y 4 (2005).

Toward a New Theory of Notice and Deterrence, 26 Cardozo L. Rev. 1535 (2005).

Entrapment by Numbers, 16 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (2005).

Entrapment and the Problem of Deterring Police Misconduct, 37 Conn. L. Rev. 67 (2004).

Privatization of Welfare Services: Delegation by Commercial Contract, 45 Ariz. L. Rev 83 (2003).

To Whom Is the Law Addressed? 21 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 105 (2003).

Should Addicts Get Welfare? Addiction & SSI/SSDI, 68 Brook. L. Rev. 185 (2002).

Privatized Welfare and the Nondelegation Doctrine, 35 Clearinghouse Rev. 546 (2002).


500 MPRE Practice Questions for 2019 ( forthcoming 2019).

Glannon Guide to Professional Responsibility: Learning Professional Responsibility through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis. 2nd Ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019).

Glannon Guide to Professional Responsibility: Learning Professional Responsibility through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2015).

Questions & Answers: Environmental Law. (New York: Matthew Bender & Co, LexisNexis Group, 2007).


Judicial Incrementalism: a Reply to Professor Sunstein, 34 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 191 (2007)(reviewing Cass R. Sunstein, Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-wing Courts Are Wrong for America (2005)).

Book Review, 12 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 467 (2006)(reviewing Madeleine Albright, Madame Secretary: A Memoir (2003)).

Book Review, 77 U. Colo. L. Rev. 257 (2006)(reviewing John Gibbons, Forensic Linguistics: An Introduction to Language in the Justice System (2003)).

No Purchase Necessary, 38 Cornell Int’l L.J.251 (2005)(reviewing Marco A. Olsen, Analysis of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organ Pollutants (2003)).

Book Review, 28 Crim. Just. Rev. 435 (2003)(reviewing Robert P. Burns A Theory of the Trial (1999)).


Kelsen’s View Of The Addressee Of The Law: Primary And Secondary Norms, in Hans Kelsen In America – Selective Affinities And The Mysteries Of Academic Influence (EBSCO ebook, 2016).


Emanuel Law in a Flash: Administrative Law (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010).

Emanuel Law in a Flash: Environmental Law (New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010).


Presenter, “Going Gunless” at the Firearms Law Works-in-Progress Workshop, Duke Center for Firearms Law, Duke University, August 2, 2019

Kelsen’s View of the Addressee of the Law: Primary and Secondary Norms, Kelsen in America Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Valparaiso University School of Law at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, June 27 – 28, 2014.

Gideon at 50 Symposium, University of Iowa School of Law, Oct. 17, 2013

Law’s Information Revolution Roundtable, George Mason School of Law, Sept 19-20, 2013.

Batson Symposium, The Coase Theorem and Peremptory Challenges, University of Iowa School of Law, October 21, 2011.

Presentation, Codification and Proliferation of Laws at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, September 14, 2011.

Presentation, Injunctive Chevron Analysis at South Texas College of Law Houston (Faculty Scholarship Luncheon) September 2, 2011.

Symposium, Impact of National Security on the Criminal Law Paradigm, Stanford Law School, January 23, 2011

Faculty Scholarship Presentation, Impact of National Security on the Criminal Law Paradigm, University of Houston Law Center , October 26, 2010

Faculty Scholarship Presentation, Impact of National Security on the Criminal Law Paradigm, South Texas College of Law Houston, September 15, 2010.

Faculty Enrichment Presentation, IOLTA Problems in the Post- Kelo Era, Florida State University School of Law, Feb. 11, 2010.

Panelist, Symposium on Improving State Governance: Critical Issues in State Administrative Law, Louisiana State University Law School, Feb. 15-16, 2008.

Game Theory and Criminal Law, National War College, Washington, D.C., March 14, 2007.

Free Market Environmentalism, Debate (against the use of free market incentive schemes as a replacement for environmental regulation) versus James Huffman, Dean of Lewis & Clark Law School (in favor of free market mechanisms for reducing pollution) South Texas College of Law Houston, February 7, 2007.

The Theory of Notice and Deterrence, Faculty Colloquia at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Dallas, September 25, 2006.

CV (PDF format)