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Scott R. Bauries

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law

Room 225 College of Law

(859) 257-4228


Professor Scott R. Bauries is the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. Prof. Bauries joined the UK Law faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2008 after working as an associate with McGuireWoods, LLP, where he practiced Labor & Employment Law, Higher Education Law, and Complex Commercial Litigation. 

Prof. Bauries graduated first in his law school class at the University of Florida, where he was the Senior Galleys Editor of the Florida Law Review. Immediately after law school, Prof. Bauries clerked for the Honorable Emmett Ripley Cox of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While attending law school, Prof. Bauries pursued a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy and taught undergraduates in the University of Florida College of Education.

In 2009, Prof. Bauries successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, Judicial Review and the Separation of Powers in State Constitutional Litigation Challenging the Adequacy of Education Spending: Complementary Analyses and a Proposed Adjudicatory Model.  Based on this work, the Education Law Association selected Prof. Bauries as the recipient of the Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year Award for 2009.

Prior to entering legal studies, Prof. Bauries taught English and coached soccer for several years at the secondary school level in both public and private schools in central Florida. He also served as a school district grant funds administrator and curriculum staff developer, designing and providing training to in-service teachers and principals in curriculum, assessment techniques, and leadership.

Prof. Bauries teaches Civil Procedure, Employment Law, State Constitutional Law, Advanced Torts, and Education Law.  His professional and academic interests include judicial decision making, federal and state constitutional law, employment law, and education law.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Florida Levin College of Law (2005)
  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Florida (2009)


  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Education Law
  • Higher Education Law
  • State Constitutional Law
  • Federal Constitutional Law
  • Business Torts
  • Dignitary Torts

Books & Book Chapters

  • Scott R. Bauries, State Constitutional Provisions Prohibiting Aid to Religious Institutions, in Law, Religion, and Education (Charles Russo, ed., forthcoming 2016).
  • Gerald F. Hess, Theresa M. Beiner & Scott R. Bauries, Civil Procedure: A Context and Practice Casebook (2015).
  • Scott R. Bauries & Joseph C. Beckham, Liability for Negligence Involving Colleges and Students, in Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law (Richard Fossey & Suzanne Eckes, eds., 3d ed. 2015).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Counterpoint: Do State Constitutional Provisions Concerning Education Establish a Judicially Enforceable Standard? in Debating Issues in American Education, Volume 6: School Finance (William E. Thro, vol. ed., Charles J. Russo & Allan G. Osborne, Jr., ser. eds. 2012).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Counterpoint: Should the Federal Government Condition Federal Funds for School Districts on the Implementation of Mandatory Curricula? in Debating Issues in American Education, Volume 6: School Finance (William E. Thro, vol. ed., Charles J. Russo & Allan G. Osborne, Jr., ser. eds. 2012). 

Scholarly Articles

Scott R. Bauries's scholarship can be downloaded from his SelectedWorks page.

  • Scott R. Bauries, A Benign Prior Restraint Rule for Public School Classroom Speech, 2 Educ. L. & Pol'y Rev. 88 (2015).
  • Scott R. Bauries, A Common Law Constitutionalism for the Right to Education, 48 Ga. L. Rev. 949 (2014).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Individual Academic Freedom: An Ordinary Concern of the First Amendment, 83 Miss. L.J. 677 (2014).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Procedural Predictability and the Employer as Litigator: The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 Term, 52 U. Louisville L. Rev. 497 (2014).
  • Scott R. Bauries, "Testing" Fuller’s Forms and Limits: A Brief Response to Oldfather, Bockhorst, & Dimmer, 64 Fl. L. Rev. Forum 59 (2012).
  • Scott R. Bauries, American School Finance Litigation and the Right to Education in South Africa, 27 S. African P. L. 409 (2012).
  • Scott R. Bauries, The Education Duty, 47 Wake Forest L. Rev. 705 (2012).
  • Scott R. Bauries & Patrick Schach, Coloring Outside the Lines: Garcetti v. Ceballos in the Federal Appellate Courts, 262 Educ. L. Rep. 357 (2011).  
  • Scott R. Bauries, State Constitutions and Individual Rights: Conceptual Convergence in School Finance Litigation, 18 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 301 (2011).
  • Scott R. Bauries, State Constitutional Design and Education Reform: Process Specification in Louisiana, 40 J.L. & Educ. 1 (2011).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Is There an Elephant in the Room?: Judicial Review of Educational Adequacy and the Separation of Powers in State Constitutions, 61 Ala. L. Rev. 701 (2010).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Forward, Rights, Remedies, and Rose, 98 Ky. L.J. 703 (2010).
  • Scott R. Bauries, Florida’s Past and Future Roles in Education Finance Reform Litigation, 32 J. Educ. Fin. 89 (2006).
  • Scott R. Bauries & R. Craig Wood, Commentary, Rights Without Remedies: The Consequences of Tennessee v. Lane for Disabled State University Students, 195 Ed. L. Rep. 697 (2005). 


  • Brief of Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Lane v. Franks, 134 S.Ct. 236 (2014) (No. 13-483).

  • Brief of Education Law and Education Measurement Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellants, Cook v. Bennett, 792 F.3d 1294 (2015) (No. 14-12506).

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Scott R. Bauries was recently awarded the 2020 Duncan Teaching Award.

The award is presented annually, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund, to a UK Rosenberg Law faculty member for excellence in the classroom. The Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund was established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the law school. Recipients of the Duncan Teaching Award are selected by the dean of the college with emphasis placed on student evaluations.

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August 3, 2016
By: Whitney Harder

University of Kentucky College of Law faculty and staff are sharing their expertise with legal educators across the country at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference this week. The conference, held in Amelia Island, Florida, runs until Aug. 9.

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July 18, 2016

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees recently approved promotions and/or tenure for three UK Law faculty members: Scott R. Bauries, Brian L. Frye, and Beau Steenken.

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The University of Kentucky College of Law’s Office of Continuing Legal Education (UK/CLE) recently hosted its inaugural Education Law Conference. The conference brought together 105 education professionals from across the state to address current issues facing the education industry.

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September 29, 2015

The beginning of the school year is always a hectic time on campus, however, the month of September was especially busy for two UK Law professors. Scott Bauries, the Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law, and Allison Connelly, the Director of the Legal Clinic and James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law, were recently quoted and cited as sources in hundreds of national media outlets regarding the Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses. 

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Scott Bauries, the Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law, was quoted in a NY Times article regarding “closing the gap” in school funding in Washington state.  An excerpt from the article is below.

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Scott R. Bauries, University of Kentucky Robert G. Lawson Associate Professor of Law, was quoted January in the New York Times article, “Washington Governor Seeks New Taxes as a Court Order Looms.” The article surrounds the proposal Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced this week to raise $1.4 billion in new tax revenue, with the majority of the funds going toward education.

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University of Kentucky College of Law Professor Scott Bauries, along with two co-authors, has written an amicus brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Lane v. Franks, an appeal for which the Court will hear oral argument on April 28th.

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