Fredrick Vars, J.D.

Fredrick Vars serves as the Ira Drayton Pruitt, Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Before coming to UA in 2008, Professor Vars practiced law at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP in Chicago, where his practice included all phases of civil litigation with an emphasis of legal malpractice. He teaches Property, Decedents’ Estates, and Mental Health Law. His research interests include mental health, law and economics and empirical analysis of law. He is a former law clerk to Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Joan B. Gottschall on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Vars also served as Fellow in the Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School. Professor Vars received his A.B. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) and J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board for The Yale Law Journal. In 2016, Professor Vars led a study that suggested many patients at risk for suicide would voluntarily place their name on a "Do Not Sell" list, prohibiting gun shops from immediately selling them a firearm.