Stephen Ware is the author of four books, 44 law review articles and many other publications. His writings have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and in at least 32 other federal and state cases. Ware's scholarly interests include judicial selection, alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, negotiation), commercial law (including bankruptcy), and private law generally. A versatile teacher, he has taught at six law schools, including Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, where he was a faculty member for 10 years before joining KU in 2003. He was named as the Frank Edwards Tyler Distinguished Professor of Law in 2019.
Outside the classroom, Steve Ware actively helps KU Law students as the coach of the KU Law bankruptcy moot court team and faculty adviser to the KU Law chapter of the Federalist Society.
Ware has testified before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, state legislatures and, as an expert witness, in court. He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, continuing legal education programs and other events. He has appeared on several television and radio stations and been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal in 2000, 2007 and 2015, USA Today, Financial Times, National Law Journal and many other news outlets. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and has served, at various times in his career, on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Education and as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.