Aggregate Litigation: Participant Biographies

Lester Brickman
Professor of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Lester Brickman teaches Contracts, Professional Responsibility, and Land Use, among other courses. His areas of expertise include legal ethics, contingency fees, mass torts, and asbestos litigation. His writings on these and other subjects are widely cited and he is frequently quoted in the press.

Robert Bone
G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law
University of Texas School of Law

Robert Bone is professor of law and holds the G. Rollie White Chair at The University of Texas School of Law. He joined the UT Law School faculty in January 2010. Previously he was the Robert Kent Professor in Civil Procedure at Boston University School of Law. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1973 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978.  Following law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. and served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, before joining the University of Southern California law faculty in 1983.  Professor Bone became a member of the BU Law School faculty in 1987, where he served before moving to UT Law School in 2010.  He also was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School for the fall term 1998 and at Harvard Law School for the fall term 2001.  Professor Bone’s areas of expertise include civil procedure, intellectual property, and complex litigation.  He has published numerous articles in leading law journals, a book entitled The Economics of Civil Procedure, several essays in other books, and has given many lectures and talks.  His writing spans a number of topics in civil procedure and intellectual property, including, in the procedure field, aspects of the economic analysis of procedure, class actions, innovative case aggregation techniques, preclusion law, rulemaking and the nature of procedural rules, and procedure history, and, in the intellectual property field, trade secret and trademark law in particular.  Professor Bone was selected to give the 2000-2001 Boston University Lecture in honor of his scholarly achievements, and he received Boston University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1991. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch
Assistant Professor
Florida State University College of Law

Professor Burch writes about non-class aggregation and class action procedure, with a focus on multi-district litigation, mass torts, and securities class actions. Professor Burch teaches Civil Procedure, Advanced Civil Procedure, Evidence, and other courses. Before joining the Florida State Law faculty, Professor Burch was an assistant professor at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, she worked as an associate at Holland & Knight LLP in Atlanta. She earned her J.D. from Florida State Law, where she served as the writing and research editor for the Florida State University Law Review and was a member of the moot court team, the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, and the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.

Howard Erichson
Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

Howard Erichson teaches and publishes widely on topics of procedure and ethics, particularly as they relate to mass torts and other complex litigation. He is the past chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of Aggregate Litigation. Professor Erichson previously served on the District Ethics Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. Professor Erichson graduated from Harvard University and from New York University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Before coming to Fordham, he clerked for Justice Stewart Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court and for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, practiced as a litigator with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, and taught at Seton Hall Law School, where he was named the John J. Gibbons Professor of Law. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia and Vanderbilt Law Schools and a Visiting Scholar at NYU Law School.

Samuel Issacharoff
Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law
New York University School of Law

Samuel Issacharoff’s wide-ranging research focuses on civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, constitutional law—particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems—and employment law. He is a pioneer of the law of the political process, in which his co-authored Law of Democracy casebook and dozens of articles have helped to create a vibrant new area of constitutional law. He also is a leading figure in the field of procedure, and serves as Reporter for the Project on Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute. After graduating from Yale Law School, clerking, and working as a voting rights lawyer, Professor Issacharoff began his teaching career at the University of Texas in 1989, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, began serving as the Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School. His published articles appear in every leading law review, as well as in leading journals in other fields. Professor Issacharoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robert Klonoff
Dean and Professor of Law
Lewis & Clark Law School

Robert Klonoff is the senior author of a leading casebook on class actions, published by Thomson West, and the author of the Thomson West Nutshell on class actions. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Associate Reporter for its class action project, Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Dean Klonoff also is a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is an advisory board consulting editor of Class Action Litigation Report. He clerked for John R. Brown, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and later served as an assistant United States attorney in Washington, D.C, and as an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States. Dean Klonoff served for many years as a partner at Jones Day. His teaching experience includes the University of San Diego Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. In 2003, he was selected as the Douglas Stripp/Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri/Kansas City School of Law. As a litigator, Dean Klonoff has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Gentile v. Nevada Bar and Kungys v. United States.

Richard Marcus
Horace O. Coil Chair in Litigation
University of California Hastings College of the Law

Richard Marcus joined the Hastings faculty in 1989, became a Distinguished Professor in 1997, and was awarded the Horace O. Coil Chair in Litigation in 1999. His teaching focuses on litigation-related areas such as civil procedure, complex litigation, conflicts of law, and evidence. He is a co-author of the West casebooks Complex Litigation (4th ed., 2004) and Civil Procedure: A Modern Approach (5th ed., 2009). He also is a co-author of several volumes of the Federal Practice & Procedure treatise. Since 1996, he has served as Special Reporter to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Professor Marcus’s teaching experience includes the University of Illinois college of Law and the University of Michigan Law School. His litigation experience includes practicing as partner with Dinkelspiel, Pelavin, Steefel & Levitt in San Francisco. He formerly clerked for Justice Raymond Peters of the California Supreme Court and U.S. District Court Judge Alfonso J. Zirpoli in San Francisco.

Nancy Moore
Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law

Nancy Moore is a nationally recognized leader in the field of professional responsibility. Before joining Boston University School of Law in 1999, Professor Moore taught at Rutgers University School of Law, where she offered the school’s first course in professional responsibility. She was chief reporter for the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (“Ethics 2000”) and is chair of the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination Test Drafting Committee. She has served twice as chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Professional Responsibility and was an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers.

Thomas Morgan
Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law
The George Washington University Law School

Professor Morgan teaches antitrust law and professional responsibility. An author of articles and widely-used casebooks in both subjects, he also writes about administrative law, economic regulation, and legal education. A lecturer and consultant to law firms on questions of professional ethics and lawyer malpractice, Professor Morgan was selected by the American Law Institute as one of three professors to prepare its new Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, and by the American Bar Association as one of three professors to draft revisions to its Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Professor Morgan has been dean of the Emory University School of Law, a professor at the University of Illinois and Brigham Young University, a visiting professor at Cornell, and a visiting scholar at Oxford. In 1990, he served as president of the Association of American Law Schools.

Alan Morrison
Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service
The George Washington University Law School

Alan Morrison joined GW Law in 2009 as the inaugural Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service, and focuses on fostering and expanding the Law School’s pro bono and public interest programs. His previous teaching work includes serving at Stanford Law School as a senior lecturer on administrative and public interest law, as well as teaching service at Harvard, American University, New York University, Tulane University and China’s Fudan University. Dean Morrison teamed with Ralph Nader in 1972 to found and direct the Public Citizen Litigation Group, the litigating arm of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Over the span of his career, he has argued 20 cases before the United States Supreme Court. One of his more well-known cases is Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha (1983), in which he fought for a client with no real nationality to not face deportation from the United States. The attorney general had suspended proceedings, but the U.S. House of Representatives created a resolution that ordered the man deported. Dean Morrison persuaded the High Court that the legislative veto was unconstitutional—a holding that affected separation of powers and constitutional law and was just as ground-breaking in administrative and public interest law.

Linda S. Mullenix
Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy
University of Texas School of Law

Linda Mullenix is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science at Columbia University, and a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center. She has published 10 books and hundreds of articles on complex litigation, federal courts, and civil procedure, including Leading Cases in Civil Procedure (2010); Mass Tort Litigation (2d ed., 2008); and Federal Courts in the 21st century (3d ed., 2007). In 2007, she held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy. In 2002, she was a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has been at visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan Law schools, as well as a number of other institutions. During 1989–90, she was a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington, D.C. She has been a regular columnist for the National Law Journal for 20 years, writing about complex litigation. She has been teaching since 1974.

Richard Nagareda
Professor of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School

Richard A. Nagareda, whose scholarship focuses on aggregate litigation, heads Vanderbilt’s Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation Dispute Resolution Program. His recent scholarship explores the impact of class action lawsuits on the pursuit of legal rights. In 2003, he was appointed as Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute project on Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Professor Nagareda previously taught on the faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law and as a visitor at the University of Texas School of Law. Before joining the academy, Professor Nagareda clerked for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit and practiced in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice and as an associate at Shea Gardner in Washington, D.C. He has been recognized with the Hall-Hartman Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award based on students’ votes, most recently in 2009, and he held the Tarkington Chair for Teaching Excellence, a three-year appointment, from 2006–2009.

Judith Resnik
Arthur Liman Professor of Law
Yale Law School

Judith Resnik teaches about federalism, procedure, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. Her numerous writings include “Law as Affiliation: ‘Foreign’ Law, Democratic Federalism, and the Sovereigntism of the Nation State,” (International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2008). Her book, Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib) was published by New York University Press. Professor Resnik has chaired the Sections on Procedure, on Federal Courts, and on Women in Legal Education of the American Association of Law Schools. She is a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges and the founding director of Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and Fund. She also served as a co-chair of the Women's Faculty Forum of Yale University. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, she received the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award. Professor Resnik is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and NYU Law School.

David Rosenberg
Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

David Rosenberg is the Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  He entered practice in 1967 as an associate with Rabinowitz, Boudin and Standard in New York and in 1972 formed the firm of Rosenberg, Baker and Fine in Cambridge.  He joined the Harvard faculty part-time in 1971 and full-time in 1979.  His practice, teaching, and writing cover diverse subjects, including constitutional law, labor law, criminal law, federal courts, torts, civil procedure, and complex litigation.  His work pioneered the field of mass torts, in particular, by applying theories of law enforcement, deterrence, and insurance to develop and justify the use of probabilistically proportioned liability and such collectivized modes of adjudication as class action. Among Professor Rosenberg’s numerous publications are The Hidden Holmes: His Theory of Torts History (1995); Mandatory-Litigation Class Action: The Only Option for Mass Tort Cases, 115 Harv. L. Rev. 831 (2002); The Causal Connection in Mass Exposure Case: A ‘Public Law’ Vision of the Tort System, 97 Harv. L. Rev. 849 (1984).

Edward Sherman
W.R. Irby Chair in Law
Tulane University Law School

Edward Sherman served as dean of Tulane Law School from 1996 to 2001, after 19 years on the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of Law. After law school, he clerked for a federal judge and practiced in a Texas law firm. He has taught at Harvard Law School, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Trinity College (Dublin), Stanford Law School, University of London, Chuo University School of Law (Tokyo), and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Professor Sherman is an expert on civil procedure, complex litigation, and dispute resolution and is co-author of widely-used casebooks and treatises on those subjects. He has been General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors and Reporter for American Bar Association projects. Professor Sherman has been active as an arbitrator and mediator and is a member of the American Law Institute and the Louisiana State Law Institute. He worked on a U.S.A.I.D. project writing a new Civil Procedure Code for Vietnam, and was chair and reporter for the ABA Task Force on Class Action Legislation and on Asbestos. In 2004, he received the ABA’s Robert B. McKay Award for the law professor who had contributed most to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession. He is currently Reporter for the ABA Task Force on Disaster Insurance Coverage.

Charles Silver
Roy and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure, Professor of Government
University of Texas School of Law

Charles Silver writes and teaches about civil procedure, professional responsibility, and increasingly health care law and policy. Professor Silver has coauthored a series of studies of medical malpractice litigation in Texas, most of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Silver also writes about civil procedure, complex litigation, and the professional responsibilities of attorneys.

Jay Tidmarsh
Professor of Law
University of Notre Dame Law School

Jay Tidmarsh, an expert in complex civil litigation and civil procedure, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in 1989. A member of the Wisconsin Bar, he practiced as a trial attorney with the Torts Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1982 to 1989. He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Michigan Law School in 2000 and at Harvard Law School in 2003. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute. He teaches in the areas of civil procedure, complex civil litigation, federal courts, torts, civil rights, constitutional law, and remedies. He is the author or co-author of six books, including casebooks in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, as well as numerous law-review articles in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, federal courts, and torts. He has served as chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure, and as a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development.

Roger Trangsrud
James F. Humphreys Professor of Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure
The George Washington University Law School

Roger Trangsrud joined the GW Law faculty in 1982 and teaches civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, remedies, and complex litigation. His writings are primarily on complex litigation and jurisdiction. Professor Trangsrud served as GW Law’s interim dean from 2004–2005 and as senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2000–2006. He is the co-author of the new casebook Complex Litigation and the Adversary System, and the treatise Complex Litigation: Problems in Advanced Civil Procedure. After serving on the University of Chicago Law Review, Professor Trangsrud clerked for Justice Walter Rogosheske of the Minnesota Supreme Court and practiced with Hogan & Hartson.

Patrick Woolley
Beck, Redden & Secrest Professor
University of Texas School of Law

Professor Woolley joined the faculty in 1994 after practicing for several years with Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. His research and teaching interests include civil procedure, conflict of laws, federal courts and constitutional law. His publications include The Sources of Federal Preclusion Law After Semtek (Cincinnati, 2003), "The Availability of Collateral Attack for Inadequate Representation in Class Suits" (Texas Law Review, 2000) and "Mass Tort Litigation and the Seventh Amendment Reexamination Clause" (Iowa Law Review, 1998).



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