William G. Buss

William G. Buss


O.K. Patton Professor Emeritus

Biographical Information

College of Law Faculty Profile

Professor Buss earned a B.A. from Yale and an LL.B. from Harvard. Prior to joining the law faculty in 1967, Professor Buss clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, practiced law with Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston, and served as Lecturer on Education and Assistant to the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was promoted to full professor in 1970 and held the O.K. Patton Chair in Law until 2010, at which time he took emeritus status.  In retirement, he continues to be an active scholar. Professor Buss is devoting all of his scholarly work to researching and writing about the American influence on the Australian Constitution. He thinks it is important for Americans and Australians to know how deep and wide that influence was on the Australians who wrote their Constitution and how much similarity there is now between the two constitutions. His scholarly writing has included articles on the constitutional rights of students, special education in the United States and in England and Wales, and freedom of speech in the United States and Australia. He has taught comparative public and constitutional law at Durham University in England, and at Victoria University in New Zealand.



William G. Buss, IJA-ABA Joint Commission on Juvenile Justice Standards. Standards Relating to Schools and Education. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Co., 1982, ix, 173 pages.
William G. Buss, Co-reporter of Standards Relating to Schools and Education, with Stephen Goldstein, prepared for Juvenile Justice Standards Project, Institute of Judicial Administration, American Bar Association. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Co., 1977, ix, 173 pages.
William G. Buss, Legal Aspects of Crime Investigation in the Public Schools. Topeka, KS: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 1971, 73 pages. (NOLPE Monograph Series No. 4).

Book Chapters

William G. Buss, “National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel, 301 U.S. 1 (1937),” in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by David S. Tanenhaus. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, at 353, 3 pages.
William G. Buss, “Measures of Intelligence: Legal Issues,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology, edited by Alan E. Kazdin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, at 150, 3 pages.
William G. Buss, “A Comparative Study of the Constitutional Protection of Hate Speech in Canada and the United States: A Search for Explanations,” in Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective, edited by Sally J. Kenney, William M. Reisinger, and John C. Reitz. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999, at 89, 30 pages.
William G. Buss, “Teachers, Teachers’ Unions and School Choice,” in School Choice and Social Controversy: Politics, Policy, and Law, edited by Stephen D. Sugarman and Frank R. Kemerer. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1999, at 300, 32 pages.
William G. Buss, “Educating Children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus,” in AIDS and the Law, 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1992, at 105, 46 pages.
William G. Buss, “Due Process in the Enforcement of Amateur Sports Rules,” in Law and Amateur Sports, edited by Ronald J. Waicukauski. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1982, at 1, 39 pages.
William G. Buss, “Comments on Legal Issues of Performance Testing,” in Performance Testing: Issues Facing Vocational Education, edited by Janet E. Spirer. Columbus, OH: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1980, at 121, 5 pages.
William G. Buss, “Legal Reform of Special Education: Empirical Studies and Procedural Proposals,” with David Kirp and Peter Kuriloff, reprinted with variation as “Legal Mandates and Organizational Change,” and “Exploring Procedural Modes on Special Classification,” in Issues in the Classification of Children, Volume II, edited by Nicholas Hobbs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1975, at 319 and at 362, 46 pages.
William G. Buss, “What Procedural Due Process Means to a School Psychologist: A Dialogue,” reprinted in Law and the School Psychologist: Challenge and Opportunity, edited by Beeman N. Phillips, guest co-editors Bartell Cardon and Peter Kuriloff. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1975, at 298, 13 pages.
William G. Buss, “The Law and the Education of the Urban Negro,” in Educating an Urban Population, edited by Marilyn Gittell. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, 1967, at 77, 26 pages.


William G. Buss, "Escaping the American Blot? A Comparative Look at Federalism in Australia and the United States Through the Lens of Family Law," with Emily Buss, 48 Cornell International Law Journal 105 (2015), 70 pages.
William G. Buss, “Andrew Inglis Clark’s Draft Constitution, Chapter III of the Australian Constitution, and the Assist from Article III of the Constitution of the United States,” 33 Melbourne University Law Review 718 (2009), 83 pages.
William G. Buss, “Alexander Meiklejohn, American Constitutional Law, and Australia’s Implied Freedom of Political Communication,” 34 Federal Law Review 421 (2006), 38 pages.
William G. Buss, “Constitutional Words About Words: Protected Speech and ‘Fighting Words’ Under the Australian and American Constitutions,” 15 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 489 (2006), 25 pages.
William G. Buss, “The Many Faces of Government Speech,” with Randall P. Bezanson, 86 Iowa Law Review 1377 (2001), 135 pages.
William G. Buss, “Alan Widiss: A Personal Remembrance of Things Seen and Things Unseen,” 86 Iowa Law Review 1365 (2001), 4 pages.
William G. Buss, “Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech: Communicating the Curriculum,” 2 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 213 (1999), 66 pages.
William G. Buss, “Federalism, Separation of Powers, and the Demise of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” 83 Iowa Law Review 391 (1998), 44 pages.
William G. Buss, “Intelligence Testing and Judicial Policy Making for Special Education,” 2 Psychology, Public Policy and Law 584 (1996), 19 pages.
William G. Buss, “Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the Legal Meaning of ‘Handicap,’ and Implications for Public Education Under Federal Law at the Dawn of the Age of the ADA,” 77 Iowa Law Review 1389 (1992), 120 pages.
William G. Buss, “Discrimination by Private Clubs,” 67 Washington University Law Quarterly 815 (1989), 39 pages.
William G. Buss, “School Newspapers, Public Forum, and the First Amendment,” 74 Iowa Law Review 505 (1989), 39 pages.
William G. Buss, “Special Education in England and Wales,” 48 Law and Contemporary Problems 119 (1985), 50 pages.
William G. Buss, “The Detection of Cheating on Standardized Tests: Statistical and Legal Analysis,” with Melvin R. Novick, 9 Journal of Law and Education 1 (1980), 64 pages.
William G. Buss, “Easy Cases Make Bad Law: Academic Expulsion and the Uncertain Law of Procedural Due Process,” 65 Iowa Law Review 1 (1979), 102 pages.
William G. Buss, “Implications of Goss v. Lopez and Wood v. Strickland for Professional Discretion and Liability in Schools,” 4 Journal of Law and Education 567 (1975), 12 pages.
William G. Buss, “Searches of Students by School Officials in Public Schools,” 20 Inequality in Education 5 (1975), 11 pages.
William G. Buss, “What Procedural Due Process Means to a School Psychologist: A Dialogue,” 13 Journal of School Psychology 298 (1975), 13 pages.
William G. Buss, “Legal Reform and Educational Change: The Pennsylvania Case,” with Peter Kuriloff, Robert True, and David Kirp, 41 Exceptional Children 35 (September 1974), 8 pages.
William G. Buss, “The Fourth Amendment and Searches of Students in Public Schools,” 59 Iowa Law Review 739 (1974), 54 pages.
William G. Buss, “Legal Reform of Special Education: Empirical Studies and Procedural Proposals,” with David Kirp and Peter Kuriloff, 62 California Law Review 40 (1974), 116 pages.
William G. Buss, “Procedural Due Process for School Discipline: Probing the Constitutional Outline,” 119 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 545 (1971), 97 pages.
William G. Buss, “New Haven (Affirmative Integration: Studies of Efforts to Overcome De Facto Segregation in the Public Schools),” 2 Law & Society Review 32 (1967), 10 pages.
William G. Buss, “The Massachusetts Conflict-of-Interest Statute: An Analysis,” 45 Boston University Law Review 299 (1965), 91 pages.

Book Reviews

William G. Buss, “The Government as Friend and Protector of Free Speech,” review of Liberalism Divided and The Irony of Free Speech, by Owen M. Fiss. 82 Iowa Law Review 301 (1996), 17 pages.
William G. Buss, “Lighting a Flame Under the First Amendment,” review of The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance, by Steven H. Shiffrin. 76 Iowa Law Review 871 (1991), 9 pages.
William G. Buss, Review of Law and the Shaping of Public Education 1785-1954, by David B. Tyack, Thomas James and Aaron Benavot. 33 American Journal of Legal History 184 (1989), 2 pages.
William G. Buss, Review of Law and Public Education, by Stephen R. Goldstein, Educational Policy and the Law, by David L. Kirp and Mark G. Yudof, and The Constitution and American Education, by Arval A. Morris. 46 University of Colorado Law Review 627 (1975), 34 pages.
William G. Buss, Review of Religion in a Free Society, by Sidney Hook. 38 Harvard Educational Review 396 (1968), 8 pages.


William G. Buss, “Testing, Special Education, and Race Discrimination: Legal Framework and Policy Implications.” Paper Commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, 1996, 55 pages.
William G. Buss, “Disciplinary Due Process: An Empirical Feasibility Study of Due Process, School Discipline and Educational Environment,” with Peter J. Kuriloff and Thomas Pavlak. Report to the National Institute of Education, U.S. Department of Education. Report prepared for the National Center for Administration of Justice, 1981, 329 pages plus appendices.
William G. Buss, Chairman and author of Commission to Investigate the Existence of Racism in Iowa City Public Schools, 1971-72. Note: Two separate reports, 1973, 59 pages.
William G. Buss, “Racial Imbalance in Public Schools of New Haven, Connecticut,” report to the U.S. Office of Education, 1966, 194 pages.