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The Complexities of Article 9 Simplified

William H. Henning

Texas A&M University Law School
Fort Worth, Texas

Bill Henning served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law before joining the Texas A&M University School of Law as Executive Professor in 2015. His primary courses are Secured Transactions, Contracts, Sales and Leases of Goods, and Private International Law. In addition, he developed and teaches an asynchronous online Secured Transactions course available to law schools nationally. 


Appointed to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in 1994, Henning served as chair of a drafting committee charged with amending UCC Articles 2 and 2A from 1999-2001, then served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2001 to 2007. He currently serves the ULC as a Life Member. He is Vice-Chair of the ULC’s Committee on the UCC, a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the UCC, and a member of the Drafting Committee on the UCC and Emerging Technologies, which is amending the entire UCC to bring it in line with the rapid technological changes that have occurred in the last few years.   


Henning is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and served on the U.S. Delegation to Working Group VI of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, which developed the UN Model Law on Secured Transactions. He also served as a member of the working group that developed the State Department’s transmittal package for the UN Convention on the Assignment of Receivables, which was ratified by the U.S. in 2019. Henning was also heavily involved in the ULC’s development of the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act in 2005 and its revision in 2017, and he has written and lectured extensively about the act. 


Henning has authored or co-authored several books, including Understanding Secured Transactions and Understanding Sales and Leases of Goods, as well as numerous book chapters and law review articles. He is also responsible for semi-annual updates to several volumes of Hawkland’s Uniform Commercial Code Series, published by Thomson Reuters. In addition, he is the recipient of the Homer Kripke Award from the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, recognizing “a career of noteworthy leadership and a history of exceptional dedication to the improvement of commercial finance law and practice.”


The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL) has named Texas A&M University School of Law Professor William Henning as the recipient of the Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  

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