Jeffrey L. Rensberger

Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Research, Professor of Law, and Charles Weigel II Research Professor of Conflict of Laws

B.A., Wabash College
J.D., Indiana University at Bloomington

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Federal Courts and Jurisdiction



Office: 607T

Jeff Rensberger is a Professor of Law and Vice-President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research.  He teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Complex Litigation, and Property.  He has written scholarly works on civil procedure and conflict of laws issues.  His work on the conflict of laws issues raised by same-sex marriages in particular is widely known.  He has previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1999-2005).  In his role as Vice-President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, he has oversight over the implementation of South Texas College of Law Houston College of Law’s Strategic Plan and also is responsible for a variety of internal research projects.  He has served on several committees of the Law School Admissions Council and on three ABA law school accreditation Site Inspection teams.  He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Wabash College, graduating cum laude and with Distinction on his Senior Comprehensive Final Examination.  He obtained his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University (Bloomington) where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal.  After law school, he served as a clerk for two years to Judge Leroy Contie on United States Court of Appeals the Sixth Circuit and then worked at Kirkland and Ellis in commercial litigation.


Choice of Law and Time Part II: Choice of Law Clauses and Changing Law, 39 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 401 (2023).

Choice of Law and Time, 89 Tenn. L. Rev. 419 (2022).

Consent to Jurisdiction Based on Registering to do Business:  A Limited Role for General Jurisdiction, 58 San Diego L. Rev. 309 (2021).

Of Hats and Robes: Judicial Review of Nonadjudicative Article III Functions, 53 U. Rich. L. Rev. 623 (2019).

At the Intersection of Erie and Administrative Law: Front-loading the Erie Question into the Adoption of a Federal Rule, 52 Akron L. Rev. 323 (2018).

The Metasplit: The Law Applied after Transfer in Federal Question Cases, 2018 Wis. L. Rev. 847.

Erie and Preemption: Killing One Bird With Two Stones , 90 Ind. L.J. 1591 (2015).

Tragedy Of The Student Commons: Law Student Transfers And Legal Education , 60 J. Legal Educ. 616 (2011).

Hanna’s Unruly Family: An Opinion For Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, 44 Creighton L. Rev. 89 (2010).

Interstate Pluralism: The Role of Federalism in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate , 2008 B.Y.U. L..Rev. 1703.

Asbestos and the Limits of Litigation , 44 S. Tex. L. Rev. 1013 (2003).

Choice of Law, Medical Malpractice, and Telemedicine: the Present Diagnosis With a Prescription for the Future , 55 U. Miami L. Rev. 31 (2000).

Same sex Marriages and the Defense of Marriage Act: a Deviant View of an Experiment in Full Faith and Credit , 32 Creighton L. Rev. 409 (1998).

Who Was Dick? Constitutional Limitations on State Choice of Law , 1998 Utah L. Rev. 37.

Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and the Multistate Attorney , 36 S. Tex. L. Rev. 799 (1995).

The Amount in Controversy: Understanding the Rules of Aggregation , 26 Ariz. St. L.J. 925 (1994).

Domestic Splits of Authority and Interstate Choice of Law , 29 Gonz. L. Rev. 521 (1993-1994).

Legal Specialists: What Standard of Care , 26 Trial, May 1990, at 24.

Ancillary Jurisdiction and Intervention Under Rule 24: Analysis and Proposals , 58 Ind. L.J. 111 (1982).


Tools Available to Courts: What Has Worked and What Hasn’t? Asbestos Litigation Symposium (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 2003). (with Mary Flood, Anthony Debok, Krisin Donnelly-Miller & Nanette Hasette)

Panel Moderator, Response to Law Schools to September 11 , Southeastern Conference of the Association of American Law Schools, July 2002.

Same Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act: a Deviant View of an Experiment in Full Faith and Credit , Conference on Interjurisdictional Marriage Recognition at Creighton University Law School, Lincoln, NE, 1998.

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