Alexandra D. Lahav

Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
Headshot of Professor Lahav.
Office: Hosmer 133
  • Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Remedies
  • Mass Torts
  • Law & Inequality

Alexandra D. Lahav is an expert on civil procedure, complex litigation and mass torts. Her research primarily focuses on procedural justice and the limits of due process in class actions and aggregate litigation and on the role of litigation in American democracy. In recent articles she has explored the justifications for innovative procedures such as statistical sampling and bellwether trials in mass tort litigation, what role principles of equality should play in litigation, and how courts can better manage multi-jurisdictional litigation. Her work has been cited in Federal Appellate and District Court opinions, academic articles and treatises and she regularly presents to academics and practitioners. She is co-author of the fifth edition of the popular civil procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context.  Her book defending the role of litigation in American democracy, In Praise of Litigation, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2017.

Professor Lahav received her B.A. in history from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court and practiced with a boutique civil rights firm in New York City, now called Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady LLC. 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.

Alexandra D. Lahav, The Roles of Litigation in American Democracy, 65 Emory L. J. __ (2016)

Alexandra D. Lahav, The Case for "Trial by Formula,"  90 Texas L. Rev. 571 (2012)

Alexandra D. Lahav, Portraits of Resistance: How Lawyers Repond to Unjust Proceedings, 57 UCLA L. Rev. 725 (2010)

Alexandra D. Lahav, Bellwether Trials, 76 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 576 (2008)