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Scott Dodson on Beyond Bias in Diversity Jurisdiction

Published on: Author: Chimene Keitner

The creation of the federal courts was an exercise in nation-building. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention worried that unduly expansive federal jurisdiction would suggest mistrust of, and eventually eclipse, state courts. An elusive quest to ensure impartiality pulled in the opposite direction, with the specter of state-court bias against out-of-state defendants animating the desire to… Continue reading

Scott Dodson on Plaintiff Personal Jurisdiction and Venue Transfer

Published on: Author: Zach Price

As all lawyers remember fondly from civil procedure, personal jurisdiction under the modern “minimum contacts” approach protects defendants from being haled into remote forums with which they have no substantial connection. It normally has no significance for plaintiffs. Plaintiffs, after all, consent to litigation in the forum by bringing suit there. But is that always… Continue reading

Scott Dodson on Accountability and Transparency in U.S. Courts

Published on: Author: Rick Marcus

My colleague Scott Dodson is the most prominent American civil-procedure scholar of his generation addressing comparative-procedure issues. One recognition of his status is that he is the youngest American elected to membership in the International Association of Procedural Law. Another is that he was invited to serve as National Reporter for the U.S. in connection… Continue reading

Rick Marcus on Public Courts in the United States

Published on: Author: Scott Dodson

My colleague Professor Rick Marcus, who has distinguished himself in procedure circles not just in the U.S. but also quite prominently abroad, has posted a new book chapter titled “Reassessing the Essential Role of the Public Courts: Learning from the American Experience.” The book is focused on the public role of courts from a comparative… Continue reading

Scott Dodson on Personal Jurisdiction and Aggregation

Published on: Author: Morris Ratner

In a new Northwestern University Law Review article titled “Personal Jurisdiction and Aggregation,” my colleague Scott Dodson unpacks how jurisdiction, preclusion, and joinder doctrines together enable aggregation, and highlights the increasing role played by personal-jurisdiction doctrine as a constraint.  This article is a welcome addition to the literature that highlights and ties together Professor Dodson’s… Continue reading

Scott Dodson on Jurisdiction in the Trump Era

Published on: Author: Rick Marcus

Scott Dodson is rightly regarded as “Mr. Jurisdiction” among American legal academics. He has written a spate of articles about many different jurisdictional issues that establish him as the leading authority of his generation on these subjects. In Jurisdiction in the Trump Era, a contribution to a symposium with Fordham Law Review, he draws on this expertise to… Continue reading

Scott Dodson on Reconceptualizing Jurisdiction

Published on: Author: Zach Price

My colleague Scott Dodson has established himself as one of the country’s leading civil procedure scholars by tackling some of the subject’s trickiest puzzles. In a recent article in the Georgetown Law Journal called “Jurisdiction and Its Effects,” Professor Dodson has done it again, training his sights on the vexed subject of jurisdiction. Professor Dodson… Continue reading

Morris Ratner on Unbundled Legal Services

Published on: Author: Scott Dodson

In a recent colloquium contribution titled “Restraining Lawyers: From ‘Cases’ to ‘Tasks’” published in Fordham Law Review, my colleague Morris Ratner, one of the most incisive voices on the intersection of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the actual business model of attorney litigation, dissects the traditional “case” as the unit of measure for… Continue reading