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B.A., summa cum laude, The University of Arizona, 1996
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999


Civil Procedure
Advanced Litigation
Federal Courts


      • Civil Procedure  (CIVL-100-C)

        Brooke D. Coleman

        William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

        Curriculum VitaePDF


        Professor Coleman's research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Boston College Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. She is also the co-author of an innovative civil procedure casebook, Learning Civil Procedure.

        Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Professor Coleman was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. She also clerked for Honorable David F. Levi, district judge in the Eastern District of California and then-chair of the Standing Committee on the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. During that time, she worked on a variety of procedural amendments, including the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions. Before her clerkship, she practiced as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in Palo Alto, California.

        Professor Coleman's teaching interests include civil procedure, advanced litigation, and federal courts. She has received numerous honors for her teaching, including the law school's Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, 2015, and 2016.


        Law Review Articles

        One Percent Procedure, 91 WASH. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2016)

        The Efficiency Norm, 56 B.C. L. REV. 1777 (2015)
        Selected for peer review in JOTWELL, available at http://courtslaw.jotwell.com/redefining-efficiency-in-civil-procedure/

        Civil-izing Federalism, 89 TUL. L. REV. 307 (2014)
        ·Selected for the Seventh Annual Federal Courts Workshop

        Prison is Prison, 88 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 2399 (2013)

        The Vanishing Plaintiff, 42 SETON HALL L. REV. 501 (2012) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstractid=1908359

        Recovering Access: Rethinking the Structure of Federal Civil Rulemaking' 39 N.M. L. REV. 261 (2009) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1266315


        LEARNING CIVIL PROCEDURE (2D. ED. WEST, 2015) with Jeffrey W. Stempel, Michael J. Kaufman, David F. Herr, & Steven Baicker-McKee

        CONCISE HORNBOOK: COMPLEX LITIGATION (WEST) with Robert Klonoff, Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, & Edward F. Sherman (in progress)

        Selected Symposia and Other Invited Articles

        Easy Access to Loans' But What About Access to Justice?, response to Rafael I. Pardo, The Undue Hardship Thicket: On Access to Justice, Procedural Noncompliance, and Pollutive Litigation in Bankruptcy, 66 FL. ONLINE 56 (2015) (invited response) http://www.floridalawreview.com/wp-content/uploads/Coleman_Forum-Final.pdf

        Abrogation Magic: The Rules Enabling Act Process, Civil Rule 84, and the Forms, 15 NEV. L.J. 1093 (2015), Symposium in Honor of Stephen Subrin (invited participant)

        What if?: A Study of Seminal Cases as if Decided in a Twombly/Iqbal Regime, 90 0REGON L. REV. 1147 (2012), University of Oregon Symposium: Miller's Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice (invited participant) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1916832

        Summary Judgment: What We Think We Know Versus What We Ought To Know, 43 LOYOLA U. CHICAGO L. J. 705 (2012) (invited participant) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2006600

        Lassiter v. Department of Social Services: Why is it such a Lousy Case?, 12 NEV. L. J. 591 (2012) (invited participant) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2082375

        Selected Blogs & Shorter Works

        A New Year, New Civil Forms, and a New Civil Rulemaking Process, ACS Blog (January 4, 2015) at https://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/a-new-year-new-civil-forms-and-a-new-civil-rulemaking-process

        The Real Cost of Litigation Reform: Justice, Not Discovery Costs, Are at Stake, ACS Blog (February 14, 2014) at http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/the-real-cost-of-litigation-reform-justice-not-discovery-costs-are-at-¬stake

        Deserving of Attention: The Proposed Abrogation of Civil Rule 84 & the Official Forms, PATENTLY-0 (January 24, 2014) at http://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/02/deserving-attention-abrogation.html

        Bringing Court Reasoning to the Surface, J0TWELL, February 2016 (reviewing Elizabeth Y. McCuskey, Submerged Precedent, 16 NEV. L. J. ___ (forthcoming 2016) http://courtslaw.iotwell.com/bringing-court¬reasoning-to-the-surface/

        A Call for Providence in Class Action Reform, JOTWELL, May 2015, reviewing Maureen Carroll, Class Action Myopia, 65 DUKE L.J.___ (forthcoming2016) http://courtslaw.iotwell.com/a-call-for-providence-in-class-action-reform/

        Recognizing the Value of Failure in Civil Litigation, J0TWELL, May 2013, reviewing Alexander A. Reinert, Screening Out Innovation: The Merits of Meritless Litigation, 89 Ind. L. J. 1191 (2014) http://courtslaw.Jotwell.com/recognizing-the-value-of-failure-in-civil-litigation/