Boston University School of Law

Robert Bone

Robert Kent Professor in Civil Procedure
Professor of Law

B.A., with distinction, Stanford University
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School

Interests: civil procedure; intellectual property; economics; political theory; legal history

Following law school, Robert Bone clerked for U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. and served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow before joining the University of Southern California law faculty in 1983. Professor Bone has been a member of the BU Law faculty since 1987 and was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School for the fall term in 1998 and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School for the fall term in 2001. Professor Bone also has given lectures on copyright law to Professor Christopher Ricks’s “The Theory and Practice of Literary Editing” class as well as Professor Frances Whistler’s “Editing and Publishing” class, both at Boston University.

His areas of expertise include intellectual property, civil procedure and complex litigation, and he teaches in all three areas. He also has taught short intellectual property courses to international students at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and in Boston University's London Program. He has published numerous articles in leading journals, a book entitled The Economics of Civil Procedure and several essays in other books. His civil procedure work focuses on complex litigation, rulemaking, procedural reform and procedure history and theory, while his intellectual property work focuses on trade secrets and trademark law.

Professor Bone was selected to give the 2000-2001 Boston University Lecture in honor of his scholarly achievements, and he received Boston University's highest teaching award, the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1991. He is a member of the American Law Institute and American Law and Economics Association, and he also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Editorial Board of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society.