Stanley D. Henderson

  • F.D.G. Ribble Professor Emeritus

Stanley Henderson, a member of the faculty from 1970 to 2004, taught contracts, labor law, and labor arbitration. He received the University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award in 1983 and the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in Education in 1986. Between 1988 and 1990, he held the first Hunton & Williams Professorship and served as an academic visitor to that law firm. During 1992-93, he was the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine Law School. Henderson held the first Thomas F. Bergin Teaching Professorship from 1993-96. In 1994 he received the First Year Class Law Faculty Teaching Award.

Following graduation from law school, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, Henderson clerked for Judge Hatfield Chilson of the U.S. District Court in Denver. He practiced law in Colorado before joining the law faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1964. He also has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Indiana, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Henderson has served as chair of the section on Contract Law of the Association of American Law Schools and as an arbitrator on the National Labor and National Commercial Panels of the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute. Henderson has written articles for the Yale, Duke, Pennsylvania, and Virginia law reviews.


  • J.D.
    University of Colorado School of Law
  • A.B.
    Coe College


Contracts—Cases and Comment (with Douglas Baird) (Foundation Press, 9th ed. 2008) (with John P. Dawson & William Burnett Harvey) (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 1982; 5th ed. 1987; 6th ed. 1993; 7th ed. 1998; 8th ed. 2003), with Appendix to Contracts (1998, 2003, 2008).

Labor Law: Cases and Comment (Foundation Press, 2001; 2d ed. 2005), with Statutory Supplement (2001, 2d ed. 2005).

Labor Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems, (with Bernard D. Meltzer) (Little, Brown, 3d ed. 1985), with Statutory Supplement (3d ed. 1985).

Labor Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems, 1982 Supplement (with Bernard D. Meltzer) (Little, Brown, 1982).


"On Teaching Law," Va. L. Sch. Rep. Fall 1990, at 7-12.

"Some Thoughts on Teaching Ordinary Contract" (reviewing Reitz, Cases and Materials on Contracts as Basic Commercial Law), 124 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1466 (1976).

"Bernard Danau: The Lawyer as Teacher," 62 Va. L. Rev. 472 (1976).

"Arbitration and Medical Services: Securing the Promise to Arbitrate Malpractice," 28 Arb. J. 14 (1973).

"Contractual Problems in the Enforcement of Agreements to Arbitrate Medical Malpractice," 58 Va. L. Rev. 947 (1972).

"Promises Grounded in the Past: The Idea of Unjust Enrichment and the Law of Contracts," 57 Va. L. Rev. 1115 (1971).

"Promissory Estoppel and Traditional Contract Doctrine," 78 Yale L. J. 343 (1969).

"The Confrontation of Federal Preemption and State Right to Work Laws," 1967 Duke L. J. 1079 (1967).

"Selling Below Cost in Wyoming," 1 Land & Water L. Rev. 235 (1966).

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