Alexandra D. Lahav

University of Connecticut School of Law

Alexandra D. Lahav is the Ellen Ash Peters Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her book, In Praise of Litigation (Oxford 2017) makes the case that litigation is a social good that promotes democracy and is a finalist for the ABA Silver Gavel Award. She writes and teaches about issues relating to litigation, especially managing complex cases and mass torts. She is currently working on a project creating new tools for evaluating litigation risk and on a book about due process in American law. Professor Lahav’s research primarily focuses on procedural justice and the limits of due process in class actions and aggregate litigation and on the role of litigation in American democracy. She has published widely on issues relating to complex litigation, including the use of statistical sampling in litigation, what role equality should play in litigation, and how courts can better manage multijurisdictional litigation. She is also co-author of the fifth edition of the popular civil procedure casebook Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context. She teaches civil procedure, torts, complex litigation, professional responsibility and advanced courses in these areas. Professor Lahav has taught at Columbia, Harvard and Yale law schools. She was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School before joining the UConn faculty in 2004. She practiced with a boutique civil rights firm in New York City, now called Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady LLC and clerked for Justice Alan Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She received her B.A. in history from Brown University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.