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 (CIVL-100-1)


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the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions.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

#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

Selected Blogs and Other Works

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

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.

#SoWhiteMale: Civil Rules Group’s Makeup Limits Its Work

May 18, 2018 | Big Law Business

Monsanto's Cancer Fight Judge Pictures Weed Killer Showers

March 13, 2018 | Bloomberg Technology

Professor Brooke Coleman explains the importance of expert witnesses in product liability litigation.

Hyundai Class Ruling 'Gift to Corporate Defendants'

January 25, 2018 | Bloomberg

Brooke Coleman says a ruling that appears to be pro-plaintiff might actually benefit corporate defendants.