R.J. Robertson Jr.
Professor of Law Emeritus
Professor Robertson received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Missouri, where he was the Editor in Chief of the Missouri Law Review. After graduation, he was a Staff Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1976-1979. He practiced corporate, commercial, banking, and public finance law with Thompson & Mitchell (now Thompson Coburn LLC) in St. Louis, Missouri from 1979-82 and 1985-86. He came to the SIU Law School in 1982 as an Assistant Professor of Law, was promoted to Associate Professor of Law in 1989, and to Professor of Law in 1999. From 1988-91, he made a foray into academic administration, when he served as Associate Dean of the Law School, a job he now describes as “a living hell.”
Professor Robertson teaches Contracts, Introduction to Commercial Law, and Introduction to Transactional Skills. He received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Classes of 1985, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007, and the SIU Law School Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996. He has written articles dealing with commercial law, sales of goods, insurance, and electronic commerce issues. From 1995 to 1998, he was a member of Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s Commission on Electronic Commerce and Crime that drafted the Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act, legislation approved by the General Assembly in 1998 to remove legal barriers to the use of digital information in commercial and governmental transactions. Most recently, he coauthored a casebook on remedies with Professor Leonard Gross of SIU, John Sebert, and Robert Thompson.
Professor Robertson is active in advocacy organizations for individuals with disabilities. He was recently re-appointed to a third term as a member of the Illinois Statewide Independent Living Council by Governor Quinn, and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living. He was a member of the Planning Committee and a presenter at the two Joint Conferences on Law Schools and Disability Issues, sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the Law School Admissions Council.
He is a member of the Order of the Coif and the American Law Institute.
He and his wife Amanda live between Carbondale and Murphysboro.