Alexandra D. Lahav

Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law
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Office: Hosmer 133
  • 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.

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 Signs Class Action Amicus Brief
Jul 11, 2018 -

Professor Alexandra Lahav has signed on as an amicus to a brief filed by civil procedure law professors in support of minors in the Arizona foster care system who allege widespread and systematic failures by the state. Defendants moved to dismiss the case on the grounds that the Court lacks jurisdiction under federal procedural law guidelines. Lahav, and the 19 other professors who signed the brief, supported the plaintiffs' requests for declaratory and injunctive relief as part of the class action lawsuit.

ABA Honors Alexandra Lahav for Book
May 24, 2018 -

The American Bar Association honored Professor Alexandra Lahav with an honorable mention in the prestigious 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for her book In Praise of Litigation. The book, published in February 2017 by Oxford University Press, refutes the notion that the United States is awash in frivolous lawsuits and describes how restrictions on the ability to bring suit undermine a pillar of American democracy. Read more about the book ...

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 ...

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