Professor of Law

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 340-G
  • Phone: 617-573-8087
  • Fax: 617-305-3086
  • Email: lsimard@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • 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

    Teaching

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

Biography

Linda Simard, Professor and former Associate Dean, is an active participant in national civil procedure organizations. In 2014, she was appointed by the Conference of Chief Justices to the Civil Justice Improvements Committee and in 2013 she was elected Chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Simard specializes 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.

Professor Simard has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools, she has been a guest commentator on numerous news programs discussing high profile civil cases and she has been appointed by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to serve on the Merit Selection Penal for Federal Magistrate Appointment and the Committee to Evaluate the Criminal Justice Act Plan. 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.

Professional Activities

Chair, Civil Procedure Section, Association of American Law Schools 2013; Chair Elect, Civil Procedure Section, AALS 2012; Elected Member, Executive Committee, Civil Procedure Section, Assoc. of American Law Schools (AALS); 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; Chair Elect, Association of American Law Schools Civil Procedure Section (2012); National Reporter, International Association of Procedural Law Conference, Buenos Aires (June 2012).

Publications

Articles

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

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)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


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