Brooke D. Coleman

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


Sullivan Hall 439
(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 2020-2021 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty, and the law school's Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2020.


Law Review Articles

Evolutionary Procedure, work in progress

Janus-Faced Rulemaking, CARDOZO L. REV. (forthcoming 2019)

#SoWhiteMale (federal civil rulemaking), 113 NW. U. L. REV. 407 (2018)

A Legal Fempire?: Women in Complex Civil Litigation, 93 IND. L. J.  1 (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). 
• Republished in WOMEN & THE LAW (forthcoming 2018 Thomson Reuters)

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)

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

THE CRITICAL GUIDE TO CIVIL PROCEDURE (with Suzette Malveaux, Portia Pedro, & Elizabeth Porter) (in progress)

Selected Blogs & Shorter Works

Discovering Innovation: Discovery Reform & Federal Civil Rulemaking, 51 AKRON L. REV.  (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

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

Recent Activity

In the News

Rules for federal court procedure are written by almost all white men

November 04, 2020 | Federal News Network

Professor Brooke Coleman discusses the lopsided make-up of the federal rules committee.

Is it too late to save SCOTUS?

October 28, 2020 | KIRO Radio

Professor Brooke Coleman speculates on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Local professors see new era taking shape for Supreme Court after Barrett confirmation

October 26, 2020 | KOMO News

Professor Brooke Coleman says the U.S. Supreme Court will "perform as advertised."

Seattle University law prof: For civility, we should restore filibuster and not pack the court

September 21, 2020 |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg advocated for incremental, lasting change, says Professor Brooke Coleman.