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 the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law. Her research primarily focuses on the justice system and on finding innovative solutions to the problems participants in that system face.  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 democracy. In recent work she has studied the changing win rate patterns in the federal courts, the effects of incentives on judicial decision-making, and the optimal design for procedural systems. She has also written on the limits of due process in aggregate and complex litigation, the use of statistical sampling in resolving complex cases such as mass torts, what role equality should play in interpreting procedural rules, and how courts can better manage multijurisdictional litigation.  Her work has been influential, cited in judicial opinions in federal and state courts, treatises, and law review articles.  

Professor Lahav teaches civil procedure, torts, complex litigation, professional responsibility and advanced courses in these areas.  She 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. She 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. LahavProcedural Design, 71 Vanderbilt L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming spring 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)