Scott Dodson

James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Litigation and the Courts

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An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, Professor Scott Dodson has published eight book titles, including The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Cambridge 2015, 2d ed. 2022) and New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford 2013). He has written more than 120 shorter works appearing in Stanford Law ReviewNew York University Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewDuke Law JournalNorthwestern University Law ReviewGeorgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, American Journal of Comparative LawAmerican Journal of International Law, Law & Society Review, and Law & Social Inquiry, among others. His scholarly writings have been cited in more than forty-five court opinions, including by the Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin Supreme Courts, and the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. His works have been downloaded more than 70,000 times, and he was listed in the top-10 most-cited civil-procedure scholars for 2010-2014 and 2016-2020. Professor Dodson is a frequent commentator in the news, including appearances on the 10:00 Nightly News, NPR Radio, and CNN Radio; quotes in various print media; and blogging stints at SCOTUSblog, SCOCAblog, Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog, and PrawfsBlawg. From 2021-2023, he hosted and produced the semimonthly podcast Litigation Briefs: Media Shorts on Law and Courts. In 2024, Professor Dodson was counsel of record for the petitioner in Harrow v. Department of Defense, winning a 9-0 reversal from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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