Alexandra D. Lahav

Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
  • Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Remedies
  • Mass Torts
  • Law & Inequality

Alexandra D. Lahav 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), won the Pound Civil Justice Scholarship Award and received an Honorable Mention in the ABA Silver Gavel Award. It 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 written on the role of litigation tactics in changing the law in the antebellum period of American history. Lahav is also co-author of the fifth edition of the popular civil procedure casebook Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context.

In her work on torts, 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). She is currently working on a project on how epidemiology can inform the future direction of tort doctrine.

Lahav 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 as a visiting professor at Columbia, Harvard and Yale Law Schools. For the 2019-2020 academic year, she will be a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Alexandra D. LahavProcedural 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)

Recent Faculty Notes
Alexandra Lahav to Speak in Unavailability Workshop
May 1, 2020 -

Professor Alexandra Lahav will speak on the topic “Bristol-Myers Squibb: Going Forward” on the Unavailability Workshop on May 5, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT. The online workshop is sponsored by the Excited Utterance podcast, offering scholarly content and connections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alexandra D. Lahav to Speak at AALS Annual Meeting
Dec 11, 2019 -

Professor Alexandra D. Lahav will speak at the Litigation and Remedies Joint Program at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4, 2020. She will moderate a panel discussion on how voting rights remedies are administered, their timing and their limitations.

Alexandra Lahav Elected to American Law Institute
Jul 30, 2019 -

Professor Alexandra D. Lahav has been elected to the American Law Institute, a national, independent organization of 3,000 judges, lawyers and legal scholars working to improve the law. Lahav, an expert in the civil justice system and tort law, is the author of "In Praise of Litigation." She joins 11 current and retired UConn Law faculty members who have been elected the institute. Read more ...

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