- Complex Litigation
- Mass Torts
- Law & Inequality
Alexandra D. Lahav is the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law. She is a nationally recognized expert on the civil justice system and tort law. She takes an institutional approach to the study of these subjects, using methods and perspectives drawn from legal analysis, history, political theory, and economics. She teaches civil procedure, torts, complex litigation, professional responsibility, and related subjects.
Her book, In Praise of Litigation (Oxford 2017), which is a finalist for the ABA Silver Gavel Award, makes the case that litigation is a social good that promotes democratic values. In other recent work on the civil justice system she has studied the changing win rate patterns in the federal courts, the effects of incentives on judicial decision-making, and the optimal design of procedural systems. She has also studied the role of litigation tactics in changing the law in the antebellum period of American history. Currently, she is spearheading a project on evaluating litigation risk.
In her work on torts, Prof. Lahav has explored the use of statistical sampling to resolve mass tort cases, the role of the jury, and how insights from epidemiology can inform the resolution of mass and toxic torts. Her articles in this area include Mass Tort Class Actions – Past, Present, and Future, 92 NYU L. Rev. 998 (2017) and The Case for "Trial by Formula," 90 Texas L. Rev. 571 (2012).
Professor Lahav is also co-author of the fifth edition of the popular civil procedure casebook Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context. She received her BA in history from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, clerked for Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court and practiced with a boutique civil rights firm in New York City. She was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School before joining the UConn faculty in 2004 and has also taught at Columbia, Harvard and Yale Law Schools.
Alexandra D. Lahav, Procedural Design, 71 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 821 (2018)
Alexandra D. Lahav, In Praise of Litigation, (Oxford University Press, 2017)
Alexandra D. Lahav, The Case for "Trial by Formula," 90 Texas L. Rev. 571 (2012)
Professor Alexandra Lahav's book In Praise of Litigation has been named a finalist for the American Bar Association's 2018 Silver Gavel Book Award. The book debunks the premise that the United States is awash in frivolous lawsuits and outrageous damage awards and describes how restrictions on the ability to bring suit undermine a pillar of American democracy. It was published in February 2017 by Oxford University Press. Read more about the book ...
Professor Alexandra Lahav will speak on March 2, 2018, at Columbia University in New York City at the conference Posner on Class Actions, which will explore the impact of Judge Richard Posner, retired judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on class action jurisprudence She will take part in a panel discussion Class Settlement, Fees, Claims Administration.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit cited two papers by UConn Law Professor Alexandra Lahav in an opinion, released August 15, 2017, in In Re: Howmedica Osteonics Corp. The judges vacated an order of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to transfer the case to a District Court in California. The Third Circuit panel cited Lahav's writing on jurisdictional questions in complex litigation in Bellwether Trials, published in 2008 in the George Washington Law Review, and The Market for Preclusion in Merger Litigation, co-written with Sean J. Griffith of Fordham Law School and published in 2013 by the Vanderbilt Law Review.