Brooke D. Coleman

Co-Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 442
(206) 398-4987


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


Civil Procedure
Advanced Litigation
Federal Courts


Civil Procedure II (CIVL-325-A)


Professor Coleman's research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and Notre Dame 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the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions.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

A Legal Fempire?: Women in Complex Civil Litigation, 93 IND. L. J. __ (forthcoming 2017)
· Selected for the Ninth Annual Federal Courts Workshop 

Reinvigorating Commonality: Gender & Class Actions, __ N.Y.U. LAW REV. __ (forthcoming 2017) (with Elizabeth Porter)

One Percent Procedure, 91 WASH. L. REV. 1005 (2016)

The Efficiency Norm, 56 B.C. L. REV. 1777 (2015)
· Selected for peer review in JOTWELL 

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)

Recovering Access: Rethinking the Structure of Federal Civil Rulemaking' 39 N.M. L. REV. 261 (2009) 


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 Blogs and Other Works

Aggregate Litigation & All That We Do Not Know, 102 IOWA L. REV. ONLINE 240 (2017) (invited response)

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) 

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) 

Summary Judgment: What We Think We Know Versus What We Ought To Know, 43 LOYOLA U. CHICAGO L. J. 705 (2012) (invited participant)

Lassiter v. Department of Social Services: Why is it such a Lousy Case?, 12 NEV. L. J. 591 (2012) (invited participant) 

A New Year, New Civil Forms, and a New Civil Rulemaking Process, ACS Blog (January 4, 2015) at 

The Real Cost of Litigation Reform: Justice, Not Discovery Costs, Are at Stake, ACS Blog (February 14, 2014) at 

Bringing Court Reasoning to the Surface, J0TWELL, February 2016 (reviewing Elizabeth Y. McCuskey, Submerged Precedent, 16 NEV. L. J. ___ (forthcoming 2016) 

A Call for Providence in Class Action Reform, JOTWELL, May 2015, reviewing Maureen Carroll, Class Action Myopia, 65 DUKE L.J.___ (forthcoming2016)