Professor Scott Dodson's new article "Party Subordinance in Federal Litigation" has been selected for presentation at the 2014 Branstetter New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop.
Dodson's article, which will later be published in George Washington Law Review, argues that, contrary to popular assumption, parties have very little control over their civil lawsuits in federal court. This principle of party subordinance, Dodson argues, undermines widespread efforts of parties and lawyers to customize their litigation through jury-trial waivers, forum-selection clauses, and other agreements and stipulations.
The article was selected for the Branstetter Workshop in a highly competitive, blind, peer-reviewed process that resulted in the selection of just three papers for presentation. At the Workshop, which will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on May 13, 2014, each paper, including Dodson's, will be summarized and commented on by a senior faculty member, followed by open and interactive discussion by all attendees.
"I am both excited and honored to be selected," says Dodson. "This forum will allow me to enhance and disseminate my theory of the relationship between parties, courts, and the law. I look forward to an active discussion."
The Branstetter Program draws on a multimillion-dollar endowment to support research and curriculum in civil litigation and dispute resolution. Held annually, the Branstetter New Voices Workshop brings together junior scholars, senior scholars, and Vanderbilt faculty in the areas of civil justice. Past selectees include scholars from Stanford, Georgetown, Penn, Berkeley and Duke Law Schools.
About Scott Dodson
Professor Scott Dodson graduated from Duke University School of Law (JD 2000) and Rice University (BA Biology 1996). After graduating from law school, Professor Dodson clerked for the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, Professor Dodson has authored more than thirty articles, appearing in Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. He is the author or editor of three books: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Cambridge forthcoming 2014), New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford 2013), and Civil Procedure: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers (Oxford 2011, 2d ed. 2012). His writings have been cited by the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Professor Dodson is a frequent commentator in various news media and has blogged at SCOTUSblog, Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog, and PrawfsBlawg. He also has authored or joined numerous amicus briefs before the Supreme Court.
Prior to joining UC Hastings, Professor Dodson held a permanent faculty appointment at William & Mary Law School from 2009-2012 and at the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006-2009. For the 2008 fall semester, Professor Dodson was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.