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Ben “Ally” Templin

Ben “Ally” Templin

Professor of Law


On-site Director, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Summer Program in Hangzhou, China

J.D., University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall);

B.A., Grinnell College

Professor Templin joined Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003 and primarily teaches business law courses including Contracts and Business Associations.

Professor Templin earned his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia (2019-2020) and the University of North Dakota School of Law (2020-2021). Additionally, he has taught in summer abroad programs in Nice, France and Hangzhou, China.

Professor Templin’s early scholarship focused on public policy issues concerning topics ranging from social security reform to rule of law issues in China. In more recent years, Professor Templin has been studying best practices in law school pedagogy. He is the author of Contracts, A Modern Coursebook, an alternative casebook that incorporates modern learning theory to optimize student cognitive development.

Prior to going to law school, Professor Templin had a 15-year career in magazine publishing, working primarily as an or for print and electronic media for computer magazines.

Courses include:

Contracts, Business Associations, Remedies.


Contracts: A Modern Coursebook (Wolters Kluwer 2017)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Social Security Reform: The Politics of the Payroll Tax, 32 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Chinese Reverse Mergers, Accounting Regimes, and the Rule of Law in China, 34 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 119 (2011)

Social Security Reform: Should the Retirement Age be Increased?, 89 OR. L. REV. 1179 (2011)

Social Security: Are Sovereign Wealth Funds a Model for Reform?, 35 FORDHAM INT'L L.J. 98 (2011)

The Government Shareholder: Regulating Public Ownership of Private Enterprise, 62 Admin. L. Rev. 1127 (2010)

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, 30 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 45 (2009)

The Public Trust in Private Hands: Social Security and the Politics of Government Investment, 96 Ky L. J. 369 (2008)  Download a PDF of the article.

Comment on Neil H. Burchanan's, Social Security and Government Deficits: When Should We Worry?, 92 Cornell L. Rev. 291 (2007)

Full Funding: The Future of Social Security, 22 J.L. & Pol. 395 (2006) Download a PDF of the article.

Expensing Isn’t the Only Option: Alternatives to the FASB’s Stock Option Expensing Proposal, 30 J. Corp. L 357 (2005) Download a PDF of the article.

Presenter, Intellectual Property Infringement in China: Recent Case Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (July 17, 2012)

Presenter, Social Security Reform, UC San Diego’s Osher Institute, San Diego, CA (April 17, 2012)

Comparative Corporate Disclosure Standards for International Stock, Law & Economics Workshop, Waseda University Organization of Asian Studies, Tokyo, Japan (November 24, 2011)

U.S. Capital Market Response to Rule of Law Problems in China’s Accounting Regime, 10th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan (November 20, 2011)

Sovereign Wealth Funds, Government Investment & Financing Social Welfare Programs, Special Conference of the Brazilian Control Bank, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (November 8, 2011)

Political Economy and the Rule of Law, 2011 International Conference on Chinese Rule of Law, Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School/Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Hangzhou, China (May 27, 2011)

Social Security Reform, 9th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (November 28, 2010)

The Political Economy of Government Investment, colloquium talk, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan (December 2, 2009)

Government Investment & State Entrepreneurism, 8th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Tokyo, Japan (November 28, 2009)

State Entrepreneurism, Canadian Law & Economics Association Meeting, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (October 3, 2009)

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, Twelfth Annual Conference for the Association of the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA, Apr. 3, 2009 

Session Chair (moderator), Creating a United Sates Sovereign Wealth Fund, 7th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (December 6, 2008)

Legal Writing Institute Writer’s Workshop, participant, July 2008

The Marriage Contract in Fine Art, Fourth International Contracts Conference, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA (February 8, 2008)

The Public Trust in Private Hands: Social Security and the Politics of Government Investment, 6th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan (December 9, 2007)

Session Chair (Moderator): Law & Economics Session. 6th International Conference of the Japan Economic Policy Association, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 2007

Technology in the Contracts Classroom: Ideas, Tools, and Questions, Third International Contracts Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX (February 24, 2007)

Teaching Contracts: Pedagogy of PowerPoint, Association of American Law Schools Poster Presentation, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2007)

Legal Research and the Google Generation (joint presentation with Professor Linda Keller), Legal Writing Institute, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA (June 9, 2006)

PowerPoint Pedagogy, Spring Contracts Conference, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (February 24, 2006)

Moderator, Innovative Methods for Teaching Research, Writing, and Effective Communication Skills to ESL and EFL Students, John Marshall Law School’s Global Legal Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2005

The Amistad Case, Law & Opera Salon, (March 15, 2004)

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.