William H. Widen

Professor of Law

J.D. 1983, Harvard University

Phone: (305)284-3739
Office: G275

William H. Widen, Professor of Law, was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York until 2002, where his practice areas included structured finance and secured lending.

cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Professor Widen clerked in 1983-1984 for Levin Campbell, Chief Judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Widen teaches commercial law, contracts, and other business subjects.


Highly Automated Vehicle Testing & Discrimination Against the Poor, SSRN (2022).

Do Tesla FSD Beta Releases Violate Public Road Testing Regulations?, with Philip Koopman, JURIST (2021).

Autonomous Vehicles, COVID Vaccines & The Narrative of Exceptions, JURIST (2021).

Machine Driver Vs. Human Driver in Possible FTC Action Against Tesla, JURIST (2021).

Autonomous Vehicles, Moral Hazards & the "AV Problem", SSRN (2021).

Autonomous Vehicle Regulation, Does Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta Release Comply with Law? , with Phillip Koopman, SSRN (2021).

Autonomous Vehicle Regulation and Trust: The Impact of Failures to Comply with Standards, with Philip Koopman, SSRN (2021).

Jamestown, 1619 and the Common Law, JURIST (2021).

Kansas, Crisis, Tenure and the US Contracts Clause, JURIST (2021).

Moral Certainty and Election Legitimacy, JURIST (2021).

Failure in the Marketplace of Ideas, JURIST (2021).

Ethics, Safety, and Autonomous Vehicles, with Philip Koopman, Benjamin Kuipers, Marilyn Wolf, 54 Computer 28 (2021).

Body Counts, Benchmarks & Teslas, JURIST (2021).

Changing of the Guard: The Rule of Law And A Safe Haven for Investment, JURIST (2020).

The Only Question for Law School Re-Openings, JURIST (2020).

John Lewis: Conscience and the Path of the Law, JURIST (2020).

Mt. Rushmore Is Too Small: A Walking Tour of Montgomery for My Students, JURIST (2020).

Representative John Lewis Is Going Home, JURIST (2020).

No Market Solution for Black Death: COVID-19 Guidelines As Crime, with Benjamin Davis, JURIST (2020).

Social Justice and Deposit Return Calculations: A Study of Success and Failure in Commercial Law Reform, 93 St. John's L. Rev. 365 (2019).

Judge Kavanaugh and the Fifth Criteria, SSRN (2018).

Uniform Commercial Code: Article 1 & Article 2 (based on the laws of Nebraska) (Kindle Edition), (2013).

Restatement (Second) Of Contracts, American Law Institute [prepared electronic Kindle version for students] (2013).

The Arbitrage of Truth: Combating Dissembling, Disclosure, Derivatives, and the Ethic of Technical Compliance, 66 U. Miami L. Rev. 393 (2012).

Original Sin - Calder v. Bull Revisited, SSRN (2011).

Forcing Analogies in Law: Badiou, Set Theory, and Models, 29 Cardozo L. Rev. 2407 (2008).

Report to the American Bankruptcy Institute: Prevalence of Substantive Consolidation in Large Public Company Bankruptcies from 2000 to 2005, 16 Am. Bankr. L. Rev. 1 (2008).

Smart Cameras and the Right to Privacy, 96 Proc. IEEE 1688 (2008).

Corporate Form and Substantive Consolidation, 75 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 237 (2007).

Prevalence of Substantive Consolidation in Large Bankruptcies from 2000 to 2004: Preliminary Results, 14 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 47 (2006).

Spectres of Law & Economics, 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1423 (2004).

Lord of the Liens: Towards Greater Efficiency in Secured Syndicated Lending, 25 Cardozo L. Rev. 1577 (2004).

Enron at the Margin, 58 Bus. Law. 961 (2003).

Letters of Credit, Voidable Preferences, and the "Independence" Principle, with David Carlson, 54 Bus. Law. 1661 (1999).

The Earmarking Defense to Voidable Preference Liability: A Reconceptualization, with David Carlson, 73 Am. Bankr. L.J. 591 (1999).

Phone: (305)284-3739
Office: G275
Faculty Assistant

Amador, Clarita

Phone: (305) 284-4241
Office: G287