Alexandra D. Lahav

Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
  • Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Remedies
  • 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 received an Honorable Mention in 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. She is currently 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 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 ...

Alexandra Lahav Selected as Radcliffe Fellow
May 14, 2019 -

Professor Alexandra Lahav has been named a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Lahav, the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law at UConn School of Law, will pursue a project entitled “Epidemiology and the Future of Tort Law.” Read more. 

Alexandra Lahav Wins Teaching Award
Apr 4, 2019 -

Professor Alexandra Lahav has been named the 2019 recipient of the Perry Zirkel '76 Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more.

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