Kenneth J. Kress

Kenneth Kress


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Kenneth J. Kress Kress obtained a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating law school in 1985, Professor Kress accepted a teaching position at the University of Iowa College of Law.  Four years later, he earned a doctorate in jurisprudence and social policy from Boalt and was promoted from an associate professor of law to full professor.  Professor Kress taught at Iowa until 2006. Over his lengthy academic career, Professor Kress has lectured on a multitude of topics, ranging from Torts to Jurisprudence to Mental Health Law.


Book Chapters

Kenneth J. Kress, “Why Insight Should Have a Central Place In Mental Health Law,” in Insight and Psychosis, 2d ed., edited by Xavier Amador & Anthony David. Oxford University Press, 2004.
Kenneth J. Kress, with Larry Alexander, “Against Legal Principles,” in Law and Interpretation: Essays in Legal Philosophy, edited by Andrei Marmor. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995. Reprinted in 82 Iowa Law Review 739 (1997).
Kenneth J. Kress, "Coherence," in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, edited by Dennis Patterson. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
Kenneth J. Kress, "The Seriousness of Harm Thesis for Abnormally Dangerous Activities," in Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law, edited by David G. Owen. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.
Kenneth J. Kress, "Legal Indeterminacy and Legitimacy," in Legal Hermeneutics: History, Theory, and Practice, edited by Gregory Leyh. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.


Kenneth J. Kress, “Rotting with Their Rights On: Why the Criteria for Ending Commitment or Restraint of Liberty Need Not be the Same as the Criteria for Initiating Commitment or Restraint of Liberty, and How the Restraint May Justifiably Continue After Its Prerequisites Are No Longer Satisfied,” 24 Behavioral Sciences & the Law 573 (2006).
Kenneth J. Kress, with Winick, “Foreword: A Symposium on Outpatient Commitment Dedicated to Bruce Ennis, Alexander Brooks, and Stanley Herr,” 9 Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 3 (2003).
Kenneth J. Kress, with Frese, Stanley & Vogal-Scibilia, “Evidence-Based Practices and Recovery,” 53(5) Psychiatric Services 633 (2002).
Kenneth J. Kress, with Fumerton, “Causation and the Law: Preemption, Lawful Sufficiency, and Causal Sufficiency,” 64 Law & Contemporary Problems 83 (2001).
Kenneth J. Kress, with Frese, Stanley & Vogal-Scibilia, “Integrating Evidence-Based Practices and the Recovery Model,” 52(11) Psychiatric Services 1462 (2001).
Kenneth J. Kress, “An Argument for Assisted Outpatient Treatment for Persons with Serious Mental Illness Illustrated with Reference to a Proposed Statute for Iowa,” 85 Iowa Law Review 1269 (2000).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Why No Judge Should Be a Dworkinian Coherentist,” 77 Texas Law Review 1375 (1999).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Resolution of Value Conflicts: What We Can Realistically Expect, in Practice, from Theory,” 17 Behavioral Sciences & Law 555 (1999).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Coherentist Methodology Is Morally Better than Either Its Proponents or Its Critics Think (But Still Not Good Enough),” 12 Canadian Jopurnal of Law & Jurisprudence 83 (1999).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Modern Jurisprudence, Postmodern Jurisprudence, and Truth,” 95 Michigan Law Review 1871 (1997).
Kenneh J. Kress, with Larry Alexander, “Against Legal Principles,” 82 Iowa Law Review 739 (1997).
Kenneth J. Kress, with Larry Alexander, “Replies to Our Critics,” 82 Iowa Law Review. 923 (1997).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Coherence and Formalism,” 16 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 639 (1993).
Kenneth J. Kress, Symposium: Corrective Justice and Formalism: The Care One Owes One's Neighbors: “Formalism, Corrective Justice and Tort Law,” 77 Iowa Law Review, Issue 2, (i) (1992).
Kenneth J. Kress, “A Preface to Epistemological Indeterminacy,” 85 Northwestern University Law Review 134 (1990).
Kenneth J. Kress & Scott W. Anderson, “Dworkin in Transition,” 37 American Journal of Comparative Law 337 (1989).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Legal Indeterminacy,” 77 California Law Review 283 (1989), reprinted in Dennis Patterson (ed.) Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory: An Anthology (1993).
Kenneth J. Kress, “The Interpretive Turn,” 97(4) Ethics 834 (1987).
Kenneth J. Kress, “Legal Reasoning and Coherence Theories: Dworkin’s Rights Thesis, Retroactivity, and the Linear Order of Decisions,” 72 California Law Review 369 (1984) (student ‘note’ published as a lead article on the basis of outside reviews); reprinted in Legal Reasoning (v.2) 219, edited by A. Aarnio & D.N. MacCormick. (New York University Press, 1992); portions reprinted in Analytic Jurisprudence Anthology, edited by A. D’Amato. (Anderson, 1996); reprinted in Moral Theory and Legal Reasoning 201, edited by S. Brewer. (Garland, 1998), vol. 3 of The Philosophy of Legal Reasoning: A Collection of Essays by Philosophers and Legal Scholars (Garland).

Book Reviews

Kenneth J. Kress, Review of Risks and Wrongs, by Jules L. Coleman, 13 Economics & Philosophy 313 (1997).