Bernard J. Hibbitts is currently Associate Dean for Communications & Information Technology and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
A Rhodes Scholar, former law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada, and former Associate Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, Hibbitts is a graduate in law of Oxford University (B.A. Juris 1983), Dalhousie University (LL.B. 1984), the University of Toronto (LL.M. 1986) and the Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1988).
Hibbitts joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1988 as a Visiting Assistant Professor; he became Professor of Law in 1996 and the School's first Associate Dean for Communications & Information Technology in 1997. He teaches American Legal History, Ancient Law, English Legal History, Estates and Trusts plus a first-year Perspectives course with a legal history focus. In 1993, he won the Student Bar Association's Excellence-in-Teaching Award, and in 1995 he received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1995 he was also elected to a Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
Much of Hibbitts' scholarship concerns the historical relationship between the concept, practice and language of law and the cultural and professional use of various media forms, from performance through writing and print all the way to television, computers and the World Wide Web. His work has been published in the New York University Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the McGill Law Journal and other legal periodicals in the United States, Canada and England. Shorter commentaries have appeared in Intellectual Property, the British Medical Journal, Afronet, and Wired magazine.
Online, Hibbitts maintains his own own home page, electronically "preprints" his latest papers and "postprints" earlier ones, supports course pages for several of his law classes, and manages JURIST: Law Professors on the Web, an award-winning site designed to connect Neterate law professors to each other, to law students, to lawyers and to the public at large as legal academics become independent information-providers in the age of cyberspace.
Bernard Hibbitts lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Dr. Carrie Cottreau, an epidemiologist affiliated with the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.