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


Brooke Coleman is the Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. Her research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. Her work has been published in the New York University Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among others. She is also the lead author of an innovative civil procedure casebook, Learning Civil Procedure. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, she is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Civil Procedure Workshop, the incoming chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure, and a co-editor of the Courts Law section for the online legal journal JOTWELL.

Prior to joining 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. 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

#SoWhiteMale (federal civil rulemaking), NW. U. L. REV. (online and in print) (forthcoming 2018)

A Legal Fempire?: Women in Complex Civil Litigation, 93 IND. L. J. __ (forthcoming 2018)
· Selected for peer review in JOTWELL (2017)
· Selected for the Ninth Annual Federal Courts Workshop

Reinvigorating Commonality: Gender & Class Actions, 92 N.Y.U. LAW REV. 895 (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 (2016)

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


Discovering Innovation: Discovery Reform & Federal Civil Rulemaking, 51 AKRON L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2018) (invited symposium)

Federal Civil Rulemaking, Discovery Reform, & the Promise of Pilot Projects, ACS Issue Brief, March 2018, (invited response) 

Dear White Men: You Are the Key to Women's Success in Law Firms, Bloomberg, September 12, 2017

Recent Activity

In the News

7 Seattle hotels sued for alleged violations of Americans With Disabilities Act

June 13, 2019 | KIRO 7

Professor Brooke Coleman says lawsuits are an effective enforcement mechanism but are vulnerable to "perverse incentives."

Accountability Requires Tenacity

April 23, 2019 | JOTWELL

Professor Brooke Coleman reviews proposed changes to the code of conduct for federal judges.

Midterm takeaway: Women voters are more diverse than given credit for

November 07, 2018 | KIRO Radio

Professor Brooke Coleman discusses victories by women in the 2018 midterm elections.

The Committee That Dictates the Rules of American Courts Looks Nothing Like America—or the Federal Judiciary

October 24, 2018 | Slate

Professor Brooke Coleman argues for more diversity on the Federal Civil Rules Committee.

Seattle University Professor Brooke Coleman - What's Really on Trial in the Kavanaugh Confirmation

October 01, 2018 | KIRO Radio

Professor Brooke Coleman explains the difference between the Kavanaugh hearings and a criminal or civil trial.

From Anita Hill to Christine Blasey Ford, what's changed?

October 01, 2018 | KUOW

Professor Brooke Coleman and law student Akua Asare-Konadu talk about how the U.S. Senate is handling sexual assault allegations against a Supreme Court nominee.

'History in the making': Kavanaugh hearing becomes the day’s lesson for law students and others

September 27, 2018 | The Seattle Times

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens, along with law students, comment on the hearing.

VIDEO: Tackling the Kavanaugh hearing

September 27, 2018 | KIRO

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens debrief with students after the Senate committee hearing.

Seattle U law students disappointed with the politics of the Kavanaugh hearing

September 27, 2018 | KOMO News

Professors Brooke Coleman and Deborah Ahrens lead students in a legal discussion after the hearing.

Deceptive Wine Pricing Parties Reach Out-of-Court Deal

August 14, 2018 | Bloomberg Law

Bypassing the court could become the new normal, says Professor Brooke Coleman.