Prof. Linda Mullenix

“The Limits of Human Rights Class Actions: American Advances and Retreats” Abstract

A professor since 1974, Linda S. Mullenix holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. She earned M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political theory from Columbia University, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Georgetown and practiced appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. Professor Mullenix has served as a United States Supreme Court Fellow; a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy; and held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law, in Trento, Italy. She is an elected Life Member of the American Law Institute; Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation; and Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law. In 2012, the Travis County Women’s Law Association honored her as a “Pathfinder” for using her law degree “in ways that inspire the rest of us.” She teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort and class action litigation, transnational class actions, and has authored or co-authored twenty-two books including Leading Cases in Civil Procedure; Mass Tort Litigation; Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century; State Class Action Practice and Procedure; Understanding Federal Courts; and Moore’s Federal Practice. For more than twenty-five years she has contributed to Preview of Supreme Court Cases and been a columnist for the National Law Journal. She served as Associate Reporter for the ALI Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, a consultative member of the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure and the Complex Litigation Project. Professor Mullenix has published dozens of articles in The Chicago Legal Forum, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown University Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Texas Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and numerous other journals. She has delivered lectures relating to class action and complex litigation in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, and the U.K. Courts throughout the United States have cited Professor Mullenix’s articles on procedure and complex litigation. She has appeared as a radio commentator on National Public Radio and been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal,, and the Guardian (U.K.), among other media publications. Professor Mullenix has worked as counsel and as a consulting expert with plaintiffs, defendants, and objectors on numerous prominent federal and state class action cases. In addition, Professor Mullenix has worked on Canadian class actions; class litigation under the Brazilian Consumer Protection Act; and several London arbitrations relating to mass tort settlements. She also has been an adviser regarding proposed Swedish and Finnish class action legislation.


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