Professor of Law



  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 340-G
  • Phone: 617-573-8087
  • Fax: 617-305-3086
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  • BS, University of Delaware
  • JD, Boston College

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District Court of MA
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Civil Procedure
  • Advanced Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Pretrial Civil Litigation
  • Federal Courts


Linda Simard, Professor and former Associate Dean, is an active participant in national, international and state civil procedure organizations. She was appointed to the Civil Justice Improvements Committee by the Conference of Chief Justices and has contributed to a national report that seeks to reduce cost and delay in state courts around the country by implementing procedural reform.

She was the National Reporter for the International Association of Procedural Law Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she reported on American class action procedure and she was an invited panelist at the Civil Justice Summit sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System in Denver, Colorado. On the state level, she is an appointed member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and she served on a Massachusetts Superior Court Working Group on Civil Procedure.

Professor Simard is active in the Association of American Law Schools, having been elected Chair of the Civil Procedure Section and serving as a member of the Executive Committee of that Section. Specializing in issues relating to complex civil litigation, her scholarship includes research on the deterrent value of class action litigation, the inclusion of foreign citizens in transnational class actions, the constitutional limits of personal jurisdiction and the role of amicus curiae in federal court. She has been a guest commentator on numerous news programs discussing high profile civil cases and she has served as a peer referee for Yale Law Journal.

Prior to joining the Suffolk Law faculty, Professor Simard practiced complex litigation at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr (currently Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr) and she clerked for Judge William G. Young on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to serve on the Merit Selection Penal for Federal Magistrate Appointment and to serve on the Committee to Evaluate the Criminal Justice Act Plan.


Professional Activities

Appointed Member, Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2015-present); Appointed Member Civil Justice Initiative, Conference of Chief Justices (2014-2016); Appointed member, Civil Working Group of the Massachusetts Superior Court, (2014-2015) Chair, Civil Procedure Section, Association of American Law Schools 2013; Chair Elect, Civil Procedure Section, AALS 2012; Executive Committee, Civil Procedure Section, AALS 2008-2012; National Reporter, International Association of Procedural Law Conference, Buenos Aires (June 2012); Editor and Contributor, Annual Civil Procedure Newsletter (AALS); Guest Commentator, New England Cable News (NECN), Discussing argument before the Supreme Court on class certification in Dukes v. Walmart; Guest News Commentator, WBUR, Discussing Supreme Court decision in Melendez Diaz v. Massachusetts; Commentator, Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly, Class Action Litigation concerning Toyota recall; Guest Commentator, WHDH News, Appointment of Honoarable Margaret Sosman, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court; Advisor, Wampanoag Rules of Civil Procedure; Appointed Member, Committee to Evaluate the Implementation of the Criminal Justice Act Plan; Appointed Member, Merit Selection Panel for Federal Magistrate Appointment; Director, Downtown Steering Committee, Reading Massachusetts; Member, Economic Development Working Group, Reading Massachusetts



"Fair, Reasonable and Adequate" According to Who? Cy Pres Distributions that Result in Cheap Settlements and Generous Attorney Fees, But No Financial Benefit to Class Members, 88 S. CAL. L. REV. PS 55 (2015)

A View from Within the Fortune 500: An Empirical Study of Negative Value Class Actions and Deterrence, 47 INDIANA L. REV. 739 (2014)

Transnational Class Actions and the Risk of Relitigation, Transnational Litigation and Procedure Symposium, Southwestern University Law School, February 3, 2012, 18 SW. J. INT’L LAW 501 (2012)

Evidence and Provisional Measures in Complex Litigation and Class Actions--The American Perspective, International Conference and XXIII Iberoamerican Procedural Law Convention, PROCESOS COLECTIVOS CLASS ACTIONS 527 (2012)
Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, 97 CORNELL L. REV. 87 (2011)(with Jay Tidmarsh) reprinted in Procedure and Private International Law, edited by Wendy Collins Perdue (Elger Publishing Co.)

Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, Transnational World Congress on Procedural Justice, International Association of Procedural Law, University of Heidelberg, (2011) (with Jay Tidmarsh)

Fees, Incentives, and Deterrence: A Reply to Professor Fitzpatrick, 160 U. PA. L. REV. PENNumbra 10 (2011)

An Empirical Study of Amici Curiae in Federal Court: A Fine Balance of Access, Efficiency, and Adversarialism, 27 REV. LITIG.(University of Texas) 669 (2008) reprinted in Appellate Judges Educ. Institute, 2010 Summit; and The Supreme Court Sourcebook (Aspen 2013)

Meeting Expectations: Two Profiles for Specific Jurisdiction, 38 IND. L. REV. 343 (2005)

Exploring the Limits of Specific Personal Jurisdiction, 62 OHIO ST. L.J. 1619 (2001)

Hybrid Personal Jurisdiction: It’s Not General Jurisdiction or Specific Jurisdiction, But Is It Constitutional?, 48 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 559 (1998)

Coordinating Civil Procedure with Legal Research and Writing: A Field Experiment, 47 J. LEGAL EDUC. 246 (1997) (with Joseph W. Glannon, Terry J. Seligmann and Medb M. Sichko)

Standing Alone: Do We Still Need the Poiltical Question Doctrine?, 100 DICK. L. REV.. 303 (1996)

Daubert's Gatekeeper: The Role of the District Court Judge in Admitting Expert Testimony, 68 TUL. L. REV. 1457 (1994) (with Honorable William G. Young, USDC District of Massachusetts)


Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, THE LEGAL WORKSHOP (2011) (with Jay Tidmarsh)