Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Rice University
Office phone: (757) 221-3247
Office location: Room 213
Full resume: here (.pdf in new window)
Areas of Specialization
Civil Procedure; Conflict of Laws; Federal Courts
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Joined the faculty in 2009. Previously taught at Duke University School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Law. Clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis in the Eastern District of New York. Practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Author of two books with Oxford University Press and more than twenty 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.
Cited by the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Guest blogger on the Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog, SCOTUSblog, and PrawfsBlawg. Frequent commentator in various news media, including CNN Radio, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, BNA, and local papers.
- Slamming the Federal Courthouse Doors: New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century (under contract, Oxford University Press).
- Civil Procedure: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers (Oxford University Press 2011). Available here.
- Hybridizing Jurisdiction, 99 Calif. L. Rev. 1439 (2011). SSRN.
- The Complexity of Jurisdictional Clarity, 97 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2011). SSRN.
- Co-author, Global Civil Procedure Trends in the Twenty-First Century, 34 B.C. Intíl & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2011). SSRN.
- Rethinking Extraordinary Circumstances, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 111 (2011). SSRN.
- New Pleading, New Discovery, 109 Mich. L. Rev. 53 (2010). SSRN.
- Comparative Convergences in Pleading Standards, 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. 441 (2010). SSRN.
- Justice Souter and the Civil Rules, 88 Wash. U. L. Rev. 289 (2010). SSRN.
- Symposium Issue, Federal Pleading and State Presuit Discovery, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 43 (2010). SSRN.
- Mandatory Rules, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (2008). SSRN.
- In Search of Removal Jurisdiction, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. 55 (2008). SSRN.
- A Darwinist View of the Living Constitution, 61 Vand. L. Rev. 1319 (2008). SSRN.
- Review Essay, The Challenge of Comparative Civil Procedure, 60 Ala. L. Rev. 133 (2008) (solicited). SSRN.
- Book Review, A History of the Eighth Circuit, 67 Ark. Hist. Q. 310 (2008) (reviewing Jeffrey Brandon Morris, Establishing Justice in Middle America: A History of the Eighth Circuit (2008)). BePress.
- Symposium: Supreme Court Review, The Failure of Bowes v. Russell, 43 Tulsa L. Rev. 631 (2008). SSRN.
- Appreciating Mandatory Rules: A Reply to Critics, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 228 (2008). SSRN.
- The Forum Defendant Rule in Arkansas, 2007 Ark. L. Notes 73 (peer-edited). BePress.
- Pleading Standards after Bell Atlantic v. Twombly, 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 121 (2007). SSRN.
- Jurisdictionality and Bowles v. Russell, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 42 (2007). SSRN.
- Subclassing, 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 2351 (2006). SSRN.
- Symposium Issue, Constitutional Thematics and the Peculiar Federal Marriage Amendment, 20 B.Y.U. J. Pub. L. 233 (2006). SSRN.
- Op-ed, Judicial Activism, 29 Nat'l L.J. 19 (2004). BePress.
- The Peculiar Federal Marriage Amendment, 36 Ariz. St. L.J. 783 (2004). SSRN.
- Dignity: The New Frontier of State Sovereignty, 56 Okla. L. Rev. 777 (2003). Available here.
- Vectoral Federalism, 20 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 393 (2003). Available here.
- The Metes and Bounds of State Sovereign Immunity, 29 Hast. Const. L.Q. 721 (2002). Hein online.
- Habeas Review of Perfunctory State Court Decisions on the Merits, 29 Am. J. Crim. L. 223 (2002). BePress.
- Extending the Robertson Presumption to Leased Vehicles, 64 Tex. B.J. 966 (2002). Available here.
- Note, Assessing the Practicality and Constitutionality of Alaskaís Split-Recovery Punitive Damages Statute, 49 Duke L.J. 1335 (2000). Available here.
- What Kinds of Appellate Deadlines are Jurisdictional?, 38 ABA Sup. Ct. Preview 107 (2010).
- Temporary Restraining Order, in Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution 726 (David Schultz ed. 2009).
- What Kinds of Statutory Restrictions are Jurisdictional?, 37 ABA Sup. Ct. Preview 34 (2009).
- The Importance of E-Discovery, 43 Ark. Lawyer 14 (2008). Available here.
- Abstention, in 1 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court 11 (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008).
- Appellate Jurisdiction, in 1 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court 83 (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008).
- Adequate and Independent State Grounds, in 1 Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court 26 (David S. Tanenhaus ed. 2008).