Linda Sandstrom Simard
|Professor of Law
| S H O R T B I O G R A P H Y
Professor Linda Simard specializes in issues relating to complex civil litgation. Her most recent work responds to the challenges raised by foreign citizens in transnational class actions. Prior scholarship includes empirical research involving a nationwide study of the role of amicus curiae in federal court, as well as research analyzing the constitutional limits of personal jurisdiction and the standard for admissibility of expert testimony.
Professor Simard has been a guest commentator on news programs discussing current events involving civil litigation. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools, 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 clerked for Judge William G. Young on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and practiced complex litigation at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr (currently Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr).
BS, University of Delaware; JD, Boston College
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
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).
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)
| S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S
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. 1 (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)
| C O N T A C T I N F O
Prof. Linda Sandstrom Simard
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
, Suite 340-G
Boston, MA 02108-4977