Friday, July 3, 2020

Symposium Issue on Federal Appellate Procedure

The Akron Law Review has published its symposium issue on federal appellate procedure, featuring contributions by Andrew Pollis, Joan Steinman, Andra Robertson & Greg Hilbert, Mike Solimine, Bryan Lammon, and Adam Steinman.

Unfortunately we were unable to gather together for the in-person symposium because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s great to see the issue “in print.” Thanks to the law review editors for their terrific work!




July 3, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Workshop on Civil Procedure Pedagogy and Racial, Social and Economic Justice (July 22)

Following up on last week’s workshop on civil procedure pedagogy and distance learning, here’s an announcement from Dave Marcus about a second session for July:

[A]s mentioned last week, the co-organizers of the Civil Procedure Workshop wanted to put together a second session on how our courses can meaningfully engage with themes of racial, social, and economic justice during such extraordinary times.  I'm happy to announce that this session will proceed on Wednesday, July 22, from 1:00-3:00 east coast time.  The format will be similar to last week's, with several plenary presentations and breakout room discussions.  Deseriee Kennedy (Touro), Sarah Krakoff (Colorado), Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple), and Tobias Wolff (Penn) have very generously volunteered to present.

If you’re interested, email Dave at




June 26, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 22, 2020

William & Mary Law Review Symposium Issue: The Role of Courts in Politically Charged Moments

The William & Mary Law Review has published its symposium issue, The Role of Courts in Politically Charged Moments. It features contributions by Jack Beermann, Erwin Chemerinsky, Barry Cushman, Bert Huang, Alli Larsen, Marin Levy, and Mary-Rose Papandrea.



June 22, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 5, 2020

Symposium Issue: "Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years"

Last Fall, the Pound Civil Justice Institute and Lewis & Clark Law School sponsored a symposium in Portland entitled “Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years” (covered here and here).

Today the Lewis & Clark Law Review posted the symposium issue, featuring contributions by Jennie Anderson; Bob Klonoff; Teddy Rave & Zach Clopton; Dave Marcus; David Noll; Lynn Baker & Steve Herman; Josh Davis & Brian Devine; Alexi Lahav; Elizabeth Cabraser & Adam Steinman; Bob Bone; Gerson Smoger; Judith Resnik, Stephanie Garlock & Annie Wang; Brian Fitzpatrick; and Arthur Miller.

My personal thanks to the Pound Institute, Lewis & Clark, and Bob Klonoff for organizing a wonderful symposium, and to the law review editors for their excellent editorial work. It’s great to see the finished product!



June 5, 2020 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia, Mass Torts, MDLs, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Workshop on Civil Procedure Pedagogy and Distance Learning (June 17)

Unfortunately, the Sixth Annual Civil Procedure Workshop (originally scheduled to be held at Northwestern Law School this September) has been postponed. Fortunately, the Civil Procedure Workshop steering committee has organized a session on civil procedure pedagogy and distance learning that will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00-3:30pm EDT.

Dave Marcus has shared the following details:

Everyone will assemble on Zoom for an initial session led by Tara Grove (Alabama), Howie Erichson (Fordham), Beth Thornburg (SMU), and Liz Porter (UW).  Tara, Howie, Beth, and Liz have all put a good deal of thought into how to make various aspects of distance learning work for law teaching, so I’m really grateful that they’ll share their wisdom.  We’ll then divide into breakout sessions for smaller group conversations. The proceedings will conclude with another plenary session.

I’m hopeful that many of you can join us, as I know that I have a lot to learn before the fall semester begins. I also would very much like to see as many of you as possible, if only in a small square on Zoom.

If you’re interested, email Dave at





June 5, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 29, 2020

Notre Dame Law Review Symposium Issue on State Standing

The Notre Dame Law Review has published its symposium issue, Federal Courts, Practice & Procedure: State Standing. It features contributions by Tara Grove, Ernie Young, Andy Hessick, Brad Mank & Mike Solimine, Jonathan Nash, Ann Woolhandler & Michael Collins, Robert Mikos, Katherine Crocker, Seth Davis, and Aziz Huq.  



May 29, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts, Recent Scholarship, Standing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Weekly Online Civil Procedure Workshop -- Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Today’s Online Civil Procedure Workshop: Wasserman on Erie, SLAPP Suits & the First Amendment

After listening to this morning’s Supreme Court oral argument in the Trump Documents cases, join us for the second installment of the “Unavailability” Civil Procedure Workshop. Howard Wasserman will discuss Erie, SLAPP Suits, and the First Amendment.



May 12, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 27, 2020

Online Civil Procedure Workshop Series

With everyone stuck at home, Suzanna Sherry and I are starting a new Civil Procedure workshop, modeled on (and administered through the website of) Ed Cheng’s Unavailability Workshops on Evidence. We will meet via Zoom for 30 minutes on Tuesdays at 3 pm EDT, 2 pm CDT, 1 pm MDT, and noon PDT, starting on May 5. The meeting will be kept open after 30 minutes in case people still want to talk.

Each workshop will be moderated by Suzanna and me, and will feature a guest speaker. The speaker will focus on one FRCP or topic and talk about such things as current trends or controversies, interesting factoids, and/or teaching tips. Audience participation is encouraged, and there will also be Q&A.

The format is emphatically informal. Dress is casual, no prep is necessary, and if you need to step out because your kids are fighting or because the dog is barking, no worries, because we’re all in the same boat.

The workshop is open to the entire civil procedure teaching community. If you have new colleagues joining you this fall who will be teaching civil procedure, please feel free to share this information with them.

If you are interested, please register at (be sure to register for Civ Pro, not Evidence!) so that we can send you the Zoom meeting ID and password when the time comes. The website also contains additional logistic information on how to connect to the teleconference (e.g., you do not need a Zoom account, but you do need to download the app).

Our first speaker, on May 5, will be Alexi Lahav (Connecticut) who will be discussing Bristol-Myers Squibb: Going Forward.



April 27, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Colorado Law's "Women's Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment" Conference Moved Online (April 3)

Here’s an updated announcement:

Please join Colorado Law, in partnership with the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, for the 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment," which will be taking place remotely on Friday April 3rd8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MT, through the use of a Zoom Webinar. The web-event is free, and has been approved for 6 general CLE credits.

2020 will mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment, formally extending suffrage to some, but not all, women, and is a presidential election year with an unprecedented number of female candidates running for offices nationwide. But barriers to both political rights and social, lived equality persist, particularly for women at the intersections of race, sex, and class. This web-based conference will use the centennial to take stock of how far we’ve come—and how far we have to go—in terms of formal political enfranchisement as well as the social and economic empowerment of women more broadly.

Register here for the 2020 Rothgerber Conference, to receive important email updates, including the link needed to join the webinar. Participants will be able to use this link to join at any point during the conference. 

For more information on the panels and speakers please visit the CU Law Rothgerber event page.  We look forward to sharing this occasion with you!


April 1, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Steinman on Notice Pleading in Exile

I just posted to SSRN my article, Notice Pleading in Exile, 41 Cardozo L. Rev. 1057 (2020). Here’s the abstract:

According to the conventional wisdom, the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal discarded notice pleading in favor of plausibility pleading. This Article—part of a symposium commemorating the Iqbal decision’s tenth anniversary—highlights decisions during those ten years that have continued to endorse notice pleading despite Iqbal. It also argues that those decisions reflect the best way to read the Iqbal decision. Although Iqbal is a troubling decision in many respects, it can be implemented consistently with the notice-pleading framework that the original drafters of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure had in mind.

Shout out to the Cardozo Law School, the Cardozo Law Review, and The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy for hosting such an excellent symposium last spring. I’ll post links to all of the symposium pieces once they’re available.


March 23, 2020 in Adam Steinman, Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Recent Scholarship, Supreme Court Cases, Twombly/Iqbal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Friday the 13th… is the deadline to submit abstracts for the 2020 Civil Procedure Workshop (Northwestern Law, September 25-26, 2020)

Details here. Email your two-page abstract to by this Friday, March 13.



March 10, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Conference at Colorado Law: "Women's Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment" (April 3, 2020)

On April 3, 2020, the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law at Colorado University Law School is hosting the 28th annual Rothgerber Conference, entitled “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment.”   

You can find a full list of panel topics and speakers here.

Register by Monday, March 30 at this link.



March 4, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Aggregate Litigation in State Courts: Report from the Pound Civil Justice Institute's Judges Forum

The Pound Civil Justice Institute has published the report of its 2019 Judges Forum, Aggregate Litigation in State Courts: Preserving Vital Mechanisms, which features academic papers by Teddy Rave and Myriam Gilles, plus commentary and discussion by the legal experts and judges who attended.

You can find previous Judges Forum reports here.



March 3, 2020 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia, Recent Scholarship, State Courts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Call for Papers: 12th Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop (Wash U, St Louis, Sept 11-12, 2020)

Washington University School of Law in St. Louis will host the Twelfth Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop on September 11–12, 2020. The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress.

The workshop is open to untenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in the areas of federal courts, civil rights litigation, civil procedure, and other related topics. The program is also open to scholars who wish to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present.  There is no registration fee.

The conference will begin on the morning of Friday, September 11, and conclude by early afternoon on Saturday, September 12. Each panel will consist of three to four junior scholars, with a senior scholar commenting on the papers and leading a group discussion.

The workshop will take place at WashU Law, which is located 15 minutes from STL airport. The School of Law will provide lunches and dinners for those attending the workshop, but attendees must cover their own travel and lodging costs. A discounted block of rooms will be made available at Washington University’s Knight Center, which is next door to the School of Law. Those wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract to by March 30, 2020. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants, and presenters will be notified by the end of May.

Questions about the conference may be directed to Prof. Daniel Epps ( or his assistant, Andrea Donze ( Up-to-date information about the conference will be provided at



February 29, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia, Federal Courts | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Call for Papers: The Sixth Annual Civil Procedure Workshop - Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (Sept 25-26, 2020)

Zach Clopton has shared a call for papers for the 2020 Civil Procedure Workshop, which will be held September 25-26 at Northwestern Law School in Chicago.

Details here:

Download CPW2020-Call



February 4, 2020 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 30, 2019

2020 AALS Annual Meeting (January 2-5)

The 2020 AALS Annual Meeting is happening in Washington, D.C. this week. Here is a full list of the various programs, and below are some panels that may be of particular interest (click the links for full details). Hope to see folks there!


Thursday, January 2, 2020

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
AALS Discussion Group
The Role of Women as International, Regional, and National Judges


Saturday, January 4, 2020

7:00 am - 8:30 am 
Federal Courts Business Meeting

8:30 am - 10:15 am 
Civil Procedure
Overlooked Procedure: Rethinking Canonical Approaches to Civil Procedure

10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Conflict of Laws
Contracting Over Conflicts: Choice-of-Law Clauses, Forum Selection Clauses, Arbitration Clauses

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm 
Federal Courts, Co-Sponsored by Immigration Law
Federal Courts at the Border

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Litigation and Remedies Joint Program, Co-Sponsored by Civil Rights
Litigating Voting Rights Remedies in the Trump Era

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
AALS Presidential Program
A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Sunday, January 5, 2020

8:30 am - 10:15 am 
AALS Open Source Program
Federalism and the Relationship Between State and Federal Constitutional Law




December 30, 2019 in Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Pound Civil Justice Institute/Lewis & Clark Law School Symposium: "Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years"

A couple of weeks ago, the Pound Civil Justice Institute and Lewis & Clark Law School sponsored a symposium entitled “Class Actions, Mass Torts, and MDLs: The Next 50 Years.”

The 11 papers that were presented will be published in the Lewis & Clark Law Review in the coming months. You can find more information about the symposium here, here, and here.






November 18, 2019 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia, Mass Torts, MDLs, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hastings Law Journal Issue Honoring Geoffrey Hazard

The Hastings Law Journal has published an issue dedicated to Geoff Hazard, featuring articles and tributes by David Faigman, Ben Barton & Deborah Rhode, Antonio Gidi, Neil Andrews, Loïc Cadiet, Ed Cooper, Judge William Fletcher, William Hodes, Peter Jarvis, Mary Kay Kane, Susan Koniak, Evan Lee, John Leubsdorf, Rick Marcus, Koichi Miki, Judge Anthony Scirica, Cathie Struve, Michele Taruffo, and Mike Traynor.



October 1, 2019 in Conferences/Symposia, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 30, 2019

2019 ABA National Class Actions Institute (Nashville, October 17-18)

The American Bar Association’s 23rd Annual National Institute on Class Actions is happening in Nashville, Tennessee on October 17-18.

Here is the schedule.

Hope to see folks there!





September 30, 2019 in Class Actions, Conferences/Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0)