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Thomas D.  Eisele


Thomas D. Eisele

Professor Emeritus of Law


BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, University of Michigan
JD, Harvard Law School

Areas of Interest

  • Jurisprudence
  • Property
  • Trusts and Estates

After law school, Professor Eisele spent five years in private practice with a law firm (Isham, Lincoln & Beale; 1973-76) and with a public interest group (Lake Michigan Federation; 1976-78). In 1978-79, he taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow. From 1979 through 1984, Professor Eisele pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Michigan.

After teaching as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio State University (1984-85), Professor Eisele joined the law faculty at the University of Tennessee (1985-92). He visited the University of Cincinnati in 1991 and joined the faculty in 1992. In Cincinnati, he has served on the Board of Directors of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities Made Equal).

Professor Eisele's book, BITTER KNOWLEDGE: Learning Socratic Lessons of Disillusion and Renewal (2009), is available to order from the University of Notre Dame Press.



Articles, Essays & Book Reviews


  • Introduction to Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Imagination
  • Property
  • Wills, Trusts & Future Interests