Professor Whitman became acquainted with MU in 1976 as a visiting professor from Brigham Young University. He went on to teach at the University of Washington in 1978, where he also served as associate dean before returning to MU in 1982 to become the law school's dean. He was dean from 1982-88.
Professor Whitman is one of the nation's premier experts on property law. From 1991-97 he served as co-reporter of the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Property (Mortgages) with Professor Grant Nelson, formerly of MU. Professors Whitman and Nelson have collaborated on five casebooks in real estate finance and property.
Professor Whitman has also written a comprehensive property treatise with Professor William Stoebuck. From 1994-97 he served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In 2002, he served as President of AALS. He was the reporter for the Uniform Non-Judicial Foreclosure Act, approved in 2002. His teaching fields include Property, Real Estate Finance and Land Use Planning. He retired from MU in the summer of 2007, and will teach at Washington University and the University of Florida during the 2007-08 academic year.
Real Estate Transfer, Finance & Development with Grant S. Nelson, (7th ed., West 2006).