Scholars Council

James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center

To help achieve its mission, the center has established a scholars council, consisting of 25 of the nation’s premier complex-litigation scholars from law schools around the country. The council and center will work with judges and practitioners to improve the administration of justice in complex litigation. The center will also serve as a clearinghouse of articles and papers, highlighting the council’s scholarship in complex-litigation matters. 

Council Members

Professor Lynn Baker holds the Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Her scholarly and teaching interests include mass tort litigation, professional responsibility issues involving aggregate litigation and group settlements, attorneys' fees, and "mega-settlements.” She has been a court-appointed Allocation Special Master in mass tort settlements, and lawyers often call on her to serve as consultant or expert witness on matters of legal ethics, mass tort settlements, settlement fund allocations, and attorneys' fees.

Selected Publications

Mass Tort Remedies and the Puzzle of the Disappearing Defendant, 98 TEX. L. REV. 1165 (2020). (link)

Layers of Lawyers: Parsing the Complexities of Claimant Representation in Mass Tort MDLs, 24 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 469 (2020) (with Stephen J. Herman). (link)

Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality, 85 FORDHAM L. REV. 1943 (2017). (link)

Aggregate Settlements and Attorney Liability, 44 HOFSTRA L. REV. 291 (2016) (symposium contribution). (link)

Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions, 115 COLUM. L. REV. 1371 (2015) (with Charles M. Silver and Michael A. Perino). (link)

Professor Robert Bone holds the G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He is a leading scholar in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, and intellectual property and has numerous publications in these fields. Prior to joining the Texas School of Law faculty, Professor Bone taught at Boston University and the University of Southern California Law Schools, visited at Columbia and Harvard, clerked for a federal judge, and worked in private practice.

Selected Publications

  • The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation (3d ed. forthcoming 2020) (with Richard Nagareda, Elizabeth Burch, & Patrick Woolley).
  • Justifying Class Action Limits: Parsing the Debates over Ascertainability and Cy Pres, 65 U. KAN. L. REV. 913 (2017). (link)
  • Tyson Foods and the Future of Statistical Adjudication, 95 N.C. L. REV. 607 (2017). (link)
  • The Misguided Search for Class Unity, 82 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 651 (2014). (link)
  • Discovery, Preclusion, and Class Actions, in PROCEDURAL LAW AND ECONOMICS 67, 188, 350 (C.W. Sanchirico ed., 2012) (three separate chapters).

Professor Andrew Bradt teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Remedies, and Complex Civil Litigation at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His current research focuses on federal multidistrict litigation and the adaptation of procedural and choice-of-law systems to large-scale multijurisdictional litigation. Prior to joining the Berkeley Law faculty, Professor Bradt taught at Harvard Law School and litigated cases with Jones Day and Ropes & Gray.

Selected Publications

  • It’s Good to Have the “Haves” On Your Side: A Defense of Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation, 108 GEO. L.J. 73 (2019) (with D. Theodore Rave). (link)
  • Party Preferences in Multidistrict Litigation, 107 CALIF. L. REV. 1713 (2019) (with Zachary D. Clopton). (link)
  • The Long Arm of Multidistrict Litigation, 59 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1166 (2018). (link)
  • Aggregation on Defendants’ Terms: Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Federalization of MassTort Litigation, 59 B.C. L. REV. 1251 (2018) (with D. Theodore Rave). (link)
  • “A Radical Proposal”: The Multidistrict Litigation Act of 1968, 165 U. PA. L. REV. 831 (2017). (link)

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch is a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law where she holds the Fuller E. Callaway Chair of Law. Her teaching and research interests include mass torts, class actions, torts, and civil procedure.  She won the American Law Institute’s Early Career Scholars Medal in 2015, the Fred. C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for professional responsibility scholarship in 2016, and the Mangano Dispute Resolution Advancement Award for groundbreaking scholarship on multidistrict litigation in 2019.

Selected Publications

  • MASS TORT DEALS: BACKROOM BARGAINING IN MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION (2019).
  • Judicial Adjuncts in Multidistrict Litigation, 120 COLUM. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2020) (with Margaret S. Williams). (link)
  • Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation, 102 CORNELL L. REV. 1335 (2017) (with Margaret S. Williams). (link)
  • Monopolies in Multidistrict Litigation, 70 VAND. L. REV. 67 (2017). (link)
  • Judging Multidistrict Litigation, 90 N.Y.U. L. REV. 71 (2015). (link)

Professor Zachary Clopton teaches courses on civil procedure, international litigation, and complex litigation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He has written and presented extensively on civil procedure and litigation. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, Mr. Clopton was a professor at Cornell Law School, the Public Law Fellow at the University of Chicago, and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

Selected Publications

  • MDL as Category, 105 CORNELL L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2020). (link)
  • Party Preferences in Multidistrict Litigation, 107 CALIF. L. REV. 1713 (2019) (with Andrew Bradt). (link)
  • Making State Civil Procedure, 104 CORNELL L. REV. 1 (2018). (link)
  • Diagonal Public Enforcement, 70 STAN. L. REV. 1077 (2018). (link)
  • Procedural Retrenchment and the States, 106 CALIF. L. REV. 411 (2018). (link)

Professor Allan Erbsen teaches Civil Procedure and Federal Courts at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has also taught Civil Procedure at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt Law School, and he chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Procedure in 2015. Before beginning his teaching career, Prof. Erbsen worked on appellate litigation, international arbitration, and class actions in private practice at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications

  • Personal Jurisdiction Based on the Local Effects of Intentional Misconduct, 57 WM. & MARY L. REV. 385 (2015). (link)
  • Erie’s Four Functions: Reframing Choice of Law in Federal Courts, 89 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 579 (2013). (link)
  • Seeking Accuracy in Aggregate Litigation, JOTWELL (Mar. 13, 2013) (reviewing Edward K. Cheng, When 10 Trials Are Better Than 1000: An Evidentiary Perspective on Trial Sampling, 160 U. PA. L. REV. 955 (2012)). (link)
  • Aggregating and Resolving Dissimilar Claims in Rule 23(b)(3) Classes, SCOTUSblog Class Action Symposium (Sept. 1, 2011). (link)
  • From “Predominance” to “Resolvability”: A New Approach to Regulating Class Actions, 58 VAND. L. REV. 995 (2005). (link)
     

Professor Howard Erichson teaches at Fordham University Law School, where he focuses on Civil Procedure, Class Actions, Professional Responsibility, Complex Litigation, and Torts. He has chaired the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and worked as Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. Before joining the Fordham Law School faculty, Mr. Erichson practiced litigation in private practice and taught at Seton Hall Law School.

Selected Publications

  • COMPLEX LITIGATION: CASES & MATERIALS ON ADVANCED CIVIL PROCEDURE (6th ed. 2015) (with R. Marcus & E. Sherman).
  • CIVIL PROCEDURE, (7th ed. forthcoming 2021) (with Richard Marcus, Edward Sherman, & Andrew Bradt).
  • Aggregation as Disempowerment: Red Flags in Class Action Settlements, 92 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 859 (2016). (link)
  • Consent Versus Closure, 96 CORNELL L. REV. 265 (2011). (link)
  • Informal Aggregation: Procedural & Ethical Implications of Coordination Among Counsel in Related Lawsuits, 50 DUKE L.J. 381 (2000). (link)

Professor Brian Fitzpatrick teaches at Vanderbilt Law School, where he serves as the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise.  His courses include Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and Federal Courts.  Professor Fitzpatrick graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. He then went on to practice commercial and appellate litigation at Sidley Austin, serve on U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s staff, and research at New York University School of Law before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty.

Selected Publications

  • THE CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK OF CLASS ACTIONS (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021) (ed., with Randall Thomas).
  • THE CONSERVATIVE CASE FOR CLASS ACTIONS (University of Chicago Press, 2019).
  • Can and Should the New Third-Party Litigation Financing Come to Class Actions?, 19 THEORETICAL INQUIRIES L. 109 (2018).
  • An Empirical Study of Class Action Settlements and their Fee Awards, 7 J. EMPIRICAL L. STUD. 811 (2010). (link)
  • Do Class Action Lawyers Make Too Little?, 158 U. PA. L. REV. 2043 (2010). (link)

Abbe Gluck is a Professor of Law and founding Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, and a Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale Medical School. She specializes in the study of Congress and federal legislation, civil procedure, federal courts, statutory interpretation and health law. Ms. Gluck also serves as an Executive Committee member of Yale’s ISPS Health program and directs the Yale Law School Medical Legal Partnership Program. She previously taught at Columbia Law School, served in numerous government administrations, practiced with Paul Weiss, and clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the ALI Council, the leadership body of the American Law Institute; a Commissioner on the Uniform Law Commission, where she chairs the Health Law Committee; and a member of the New York State Taskforce on Life and the Law.

Selected Publications

  • THE TRILLION DOLLAR REVOLUTION: HOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TRANSFORMED POLITICS, LAW AND HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA (Emanuel & Gluck eds., 2020).
  • ESKRIDGE, GLUCK AND NOURSE’S LEGISLATION AND ADMINISTRATION (2015).
  • Civil Litigation and the Opioid Epidemic: The Role of Courts in a National Health Crisis, 46 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 351 (2018) (with Ashley Hall & Greg Curfman). (link)
  • Statutory Interpretation on the Bench: A Survey of 35 Judges on the Federal Courts of Appeals, 131 HARV. L. REV. 1298 (2018) (with Judge Richard Posner). (link)
  • Unorthodox Civil Procedure: Modern Multidistrict Litigation’s Place in the Textbook Understandings of Procedure, 165 U. PA. L. REV. 1669 (2017). (link)
     

Professor Deborah Hensler conducts empirical research on dispute resolution, complex litigation, class actions, and mass claims at Stanford Law School, where she also teaches Complex Litigation, Comparative Class Actions, and Global Litigation courses among others. She is a political scientist and public policy analyst who directed the RAND’s Institute for Civil Justice and taught graduate courses at schools around the world before coming to Stanford Law School. Ms. Hensler also organizes the Stanford Globalization of Class Actions Exchange and published decades-long scholarship on asbestos litigation and class actions in the United States.

Selected Publications

  • CLASS ACTIONS IN CONTEXT: HOW CULTURE, ECONOMICS AND POLITICS SHAPE COLLECTIVE LITIGATION (2016) (with Christopher Hodges & Ianika Tzankova).
  • Happy 50th Anniversary, Rule 23! Shouldn't We Know You Better After All This Time?, 165 U. PA. L. REV. 1599 (2017). (link)
  • From Sea to Shining Sea: How and Why Class Action Are Spreading Globally, 65 U. KAN. L. REV. 965 (2017). (link)
  • Justice for the Masses? Aggregate Litigation & Its Alternatives, 143 DÆDALUS 73 (2014). (link)
  • The Future of Mass Litigation: Global Class Actions and Third-Party Litigation Funding, 79 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 306 (2011). (link)
     

Professor Adam Hoeflich’s teaching at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law specializes in class actions, complex litigation, mass torts, and legal ethics. Mr. Hoeflich also chairs Northwestern's annual conference on Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation. In addition to his work at Northwestern, Mr. Hoeflich is a senior partner at Bartlit Beck, where he represents major U.S. and international parties in complex litigation in federal and state courts and in multidistrict litigation. He previously taught at the University of Chicago Law School.

Selected Publications

  • Navigating Rule 5.6’s Settlement Restrictions, 27 ALAS LOSS PREVENTION J. (2016).
  • Crime-Fraud Challenges to the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine: Why Lawyers Should Care, 27 ALAS LOSS PREVENTION J. (2016).
  • The Taxation of Athletic Scholarships, 581 U. ILL. L. REV. (1991). (link)
  • Recent Decision, Burnham v. Superior Court, 518 ILL. BAR. J. (1991). (link)
     

Professor Samuel Issacharoff teaches at the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Class Actions, Comparative Constitutional Governance, and Constitutional Law among others. He continues to work cases involving mass harms and has served as the reporter for the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation for the ALI. Additionally, Mr. Issacharoff is a pioneer in the law of the political process, where he helped to create a new area of constitutional law. Before joining the faculty at NYU Law, Mr. Issacharoff worked as a voting rights lawyer and taught at the University of Texas and Columbia Law Schools.

Selected Publications

  • PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF AGGREGATE LITIGATION (American Law Institute Publications 2010) (with Robert Klonoff, Richard Nagareda, & Charles Silver).
  • Participatory Class Actions, 92 N.Y.U. L. REV. 846 (2017) (with Elizabeth J. Cabraser). (link)
  • Assembling Class Actions, 90 WASH. U. L. REV. 699 (2013). (link)
  • The Governance Problem in Aggregate Litigation, 81 FORDHAM L. REV. 3165 (2013). (link)
  • Class Actions and State Authority, 44 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 370 (2012). (link)

Robert Klonoff teaches courses in Complex Litigation, Civil Procedure, and Federal Courts at Lewis & Clark Law School. He is the Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law and served as Dean of the Lewis & Clark Law School from 2007-2014. He previously taught at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of San Diego School of Law, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Chief Justice Roberts appointed Professor Klonoff to serve as the sole academic member of the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee (2011-2017), and Professor Klonoff was an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's project, Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. He has extensive experience representing parties in class action litigation and has served as an expert witness in numerous class actions, including the BP Deepwater Horizon, VW Clean Diesel, NFL Concussion, and Equifax Data Breach cases. Previously, Mr. Klonoff worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C., as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and as a partner at Jones Day. He has also argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Selected Publications

  • FEDERAL MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION IN A NUTSHELL (2019).
  • CLASS ACTIONS AND OTHER MULTI-PARTY LITIGATION: CASES AND MATERIALS (4th ed. 2017).
  • Class Actions Part II: A Respite from the Decline, 92 N.Y.U. L. REV. 971 (2017). (link)
  • Class Actions in the Year 2026: A Prognosis, 65 EMORY L.J. 1569 (2016). (link)
  • The Decline of Class Actions, 90 WASH. U. (ST. LOUIS) L. REV. 729 (2013). (link)
     

Professor Alexandra Lahav teaches Civil Procedure, Torts, Complex Litigation, and Professional Responsibility at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research includes using statistical sampling to resolve mass tort cases and using epidemiology to inform the resolution of mass and toxic torts. Before joining the UConn faculty, Ms. Lahav worked in private practice and taught at Stanford, Columbia, Harvard and Yale Law Schools.

Selected Publications

  • Mass Tort Class Actions—Past, Present, and Future, 92 N.Y.U. L. REV. 998 (2017). (link)
  • Symmetry and Class Action Litigation, 60 UCLA L. REV. 1494 (2013). (link)
  • Due Process and the Future of Class Actions, 44 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 545 (2012). (link)
  • The Law and Large Numbers: Preserving Adjudication in Complex Litigation, 59 FLA. L. REV. 383 (2007). (link)
  • Fundamental Principles for Class Action Governance, 37 IND. L. REV. 65 (2003). (link)

Professor Richard Marcus holds the Coil Chair in Litigation at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.  He is co-author of leading casebooks on Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure.  In addition, he is the author of four volumes of the Federal Practice & Procedure treatise (aka Wright & Miller), including the discovery volumes.  Since 1996, he has served as Associate Reporter of the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and has served as principal drafter of amendments to the class action and discovery rules adopted during that time.  Before entering teaching, he was a litigator in San Francisco and partner in a law firm there.

Selected Publications

  • Revolution v. Evolution in Class Action Reform, 96 N.C. L. REV. 903 (2018). (link)
  • Bending in the Breeze: American Class Actions in the Twenty-First Century, 65 DEPAUL L. REV. 497 (2016). (link)
  • "Looking Backward" to 1938, 162 U. PA. L. REV. 1691 (2014). (link)
  • Reviving Judicial Gatekeeping of Aggregation: Scrutinizing the Merits on Class Certification, 79 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 324 (2011). (link)
  • Assessing CAFA's Stated Jurisdictional Policy, 156 U. PA. L. REV. 1765 (2008). (link)
  • Cure-All for an Era of Dispersed Litigation? Toward a Maximalist Use of the Mutidistrict Litigation Panel's Transfer Power, 62 TUL. L. REV. 2245 (2008). (link)

Linda S. Mullenix holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. She teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort, class action, and complex litigation. Professor Mullenix is the author or co-author of twenty-two books including Mass Tort Litigation (3d ed. 2017); Leading Cases in Civil Procedure (3d ed. 2017); Understanding Federal Courts (2d ed. 2015); and State Class Action Practice and Procedure (2000). She earned M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political theory from Columbia University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She practiced appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. Professor Mullenix has served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center; a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy; and held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law, in Trento, Italy. She is an elected Life Member of the American Law Institute, an elected Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an elected Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law. She has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Trento (Italy), Harvard, and Michigan law schools. Professor Mullenix has delivered lectures on complex litigation in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, and the U.K.

Selected Publications

  • Policing MDL Non-Class Settlements: Empowering Judges Through the All Writs Act, 37 REV. LITIG. 129 (2017) (symposium issue). (link)
  • Designing Compensatory Funds: In Search of First Principles, 3 STAN. J. COMPLEX LITIG. 1 (2015) (symposium issue). (link)
  • Competing Values: Preserving Litigant Autonomy in an Age of Collective Redress, 64 DEPAUL L. REV. 601 (2015) (symposium issue). (link)
  • Ending Class Actions as We Know Them: Rethinking the American Class Action, 64 EMORY L.J. 399 (2014). (link)
  • Aggregate Litigation and the Death of Democratic Dispute Resolution, 107 NW. U. L. REV. 511 (2013) (symposium issue). (link)

Professor Theodore Rave teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law, and Election Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is an expert on class actions, multidistrict litigation, and public fiduciary law. Before teaching, Mr. Rave was a Furman Fellow at the New York University School of Law and practiced at Jones Day, where his focus was in federal and state appellate litigation, class actions, and multidistrict litigation.

Selected Publications

  • It’s Good to Have the "Haves" on Your Side: A Defense of Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation, 108 GEO. L.J. 73 (2019) (with Andrew Bradt). (link)
  • Aggregation on Defendants’ Terms: Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Federalization of Mass Tort Litigation, 59 B.C. L. REV. 1251 (2018) (with Andrew Bradt). (link)
  • The Information-Forcing Role of the Judge in Multidistrict Litigation, 105 CALIF. L. REV. 1259 (2017) (with Andrew Bradt). (link)
  • Closure Provisions in MDL Settlements, 85 FORDHAM L. REV. 2175 (2017). (link)
  • When Peace Is Not the Goal of a Class Action Settlement, 50 GA. L. REV. 475 (2016). (link)
     

Professor Judith Resnik teaches courses on federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship at Yale Law School. Her scholarship interests include the roles of collective redress, class actions, and arbitration; the relationship of democratic values to government services such as courts, prisons, and post offices; and equality and gender. Ms. Resnik founded Yale’s Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law, chairs Yale Law School’s Global Constitutional Law Seminar, and received an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2018 to complete research and write a new book.

Selected Publications

  • Reorienting the Process Due: Using Jurisdiction to Forge Post-Settlement Relationships Among Litigants, Courts, and the Public in Class and Other Aggregate Litigation, 92 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1017 (2017). (link)
  • “Vital” State Interests: From Representative Actions for Fair Labor Standards to Pooled Trusts, Class Actions, and MDLs in the Federal Courts, 165 U. PA. L. REV. 1765 (2017). (link)
  • Lessons in Federalism from the 1960s Class Action Rule and the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act: “The Political Safeguards” of Aggregate Translocal Actions, 156 U. PA. L. REV. 1929 (2008). (link)
  • Contingency Fees in Mass Torts: Access, Risk and the Provision of Legal Services When Layers of Lawyers Work for Individuals and Collectives of Clients, 47 DEPAUL L. REV. 425 (1998) (with Dennis E. Curtis). (link)
  • Litigating and Settling Class Actions: The Prerequisites of Entry and Exit, 30 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 835 (1997). (link)

Professor William Rubenstein is the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he primarily teaches and writes about complex litigation. He has extensive experience litigating and consulting on class action lawsuits and has served as a court-appointed expert in several MDL cases. Following law school, Professor Rubenstein worked for nearly a decade at the ACLU’s National LGBT and AIDS Projects, litigating civil rights cases and teaching courses on these topics at Harvard and Yale Law Schools.  Since becoming an academic, Professor Rubenstein taught at Stanford and UCLA Law Schools before joining the Harvard faculty in 2007.

Selected Publications

  • NEWBERG ON CLASS ACTIONS (5th ed. 2011).
  • Shedding Light on Outcomes in Class Actions, in CONFIDENTIALITY, TRANSPARENCY, AND THE U.S. CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM 20-59 (Joseph W. Doherty et al. eds., 2008) (with Nicholas M. Pace).
  • The Negotiation Class: A Cooperative Approach to Class Actions Involving Large Stakeholders, TEX. L. REV. (forthcoming 2020) (with Francis E. McGovern). (link)
  • Finality in Class Action Litigation: Lessons from Habeas, 82 N.Y.U. L. REV. 791 (2007). (link)
  • Why Enable Litigation?: A Positive Externalities Theory of the Small Claims Class Action, 74 UMKC L. REV. 709 (2006). (link)

Professor Charles Silver holds the Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure at the University of Texas School of Law.  He studies class actions, mass actions, medical malpractice, attorneys’ fees, legal ethics, insurance, and health care policy.  Mr. Silver served as Associate Reporter on the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation, published by the ALI, in 2010.  His book Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much For Health Care, coauthored with Professor David A. Hyman, was published in 2018.  His treatise, Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Counsel, coauthored with William T. Barker, is available on LexisNexis.  His forthcoming book, Medical Malpractice Litigation: How It Works, What It Does, and Why Tort Reform Hasn’t Helped, coauthored with Professors Bernard S. Black, David A. Hyman, Myungho Paik, and William M. Sage, will be published in 2020.

Selected Publications

  • Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions, 115 COLUM. L. REV. 1371 (2015) (with Lynn A. Baker & Michael A. Perino). (link)
  • The Responsibilities of Lead Lawyers and Judges in Multi-District Litigations, 79 FORDHAM L. REV. 1985 (2011) (invited symposium contribution). (link
  • The Quasi-Class Action Method of Managing Multi-District Litigations: Problems and a Proposal, 63 VAND. L. REV. 107 (2010) (with Geoffrey P. Miller). (link)

Professor Jay Tidmarsh is an expert in complex civil litigation and civil procedure. He teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Civil Litigation, Federal Courts, Torts, and Evidence at Notre Dame Law School. Professor Tidmarsh is the author or co-author of 13 books on civil procedure and complex litigation and has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, he practiced with the Torts Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has visited at Michigan and Harvard Law Schools.

Selected Publications

  • CIVIL PROCEDURE (2020) (with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., & Suzanna Sherry).
  • COMPLEX LITIGATION AND ITS ALTERNATIVES (2017) (with Roger H. Trangsrud).
  • CLASS ACTIONS: FIVE PRINCIPLES TO PROMOTE FAIRNESS AND EFFICIENCY (2013).
  • MODERN COMPLEX LITIGATION (2d ed. 2010) (with Roger H. Trangsrud).
  • The English Fire Courts and the Seventh Amendment’s Right to Jury Trial, 83 U. CHI. L. REV. 767 (2016). (link)

Professor Patrick Woolley teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, and Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law. He writes and researches extensively on MDL and class actions litigation. Mr. Woolley joined the Texas Law School faculty in 1994 after practicing with a private firm in Los Angeles.

Selected Publications

  • THE LAW OF CLASS ACTIONS AND OTHER AGGREGATE LITIGATION (3d ed. forthcoming 2020) (with Richard Nagareda, Elizabeth Burch, & Robert G. Bone).
  • The Jurisdictional Nature of Adequate Representation in Class Litigation, 79 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 410 (2011) (symposium contribution). (link)
  • Collateral Attack and the Role of Adequate Representation in Class Suits for Money Damages, 58 U. KAN. L. REV. 917 (2010). (link)
  • Erie and Choice of Law After the Class Action Fairness Act, 80 TUL. L. REV. 1723 (2006). (link)
  • Mass Tort Litigation and the Seventh Amendment Reexamination Clause, 83 IOWA L. REV. 499 (1998). (link)

Professor Peter Zimroth is the director of the Center on Civil Justice at the New York University School of Law and a professor at the school. He is an accomplished trial and appellate litigator in the areas of products liability, commercial, securities, and white collar crime and currently serves as the independent monitor overseeing the New York City Police Department's stop and frisk reforms. He previously was corporation counsel of the City of New York, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and a partner at Arnold & Porter.

Selected Publications

  • PERVERSIONS OF JUSTICE (1974).