Alexandra D. Lahav

Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
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860-570-5217
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. 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's Book is Finalist for ABA Award
Mar 14, 2018 -

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 ...

Alexandra Lahav to Speak on Judge Posner's Legacy
Feb 26, 2018 -

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.

Third Circuit Cites Alexandra Lahav
Sep 1, 2017 -

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.

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