Bill Henderson is an Associate Professor of Law at Indiana. Professor Henderson's primary research interests include the regulation of the financial markets, class action litigation, and the economics of the legal profession. Professor Henderson is currently writing a series of empirical papers on large law firms. The first paper, "Single-Tier versus Two-Tier Partnership Tracks at Am Law 200 Law Firms," will be presented this fall at a symposium on law firms at the University of North Carolina.
Professor Henderson also has a long-standing interest in education policy. In 2004, he published an innovative study in the Texas Law Review, "The LSAT, Law School Exams, and Meritocracy: The Surprising and Undertheorized Role of Test-Taking Speed," which presented evidence that the predictive validity of the LSAT may be partially attributable to the legal academy's heavy and undertheorized use of time-pressured exams. In 2002, he published an empirical study on the Cleveland public schools, which demonstrated the importance of demographic patterns in explaining, and ultimately predicting, educational outcomes at the K-12 level. The article was the first study to utilize GIS maps for visually depicting the relationship between a school district's socioeconomic composition and students' performance on state proficiency exams. Professor Henderson's recent contribution to the Indiana University Rankings Symposium (co-authored with Andrew Morriss) used multiple regression analysis to successfully model how a variety of factors influence law school competition for high LSAT students.