Professor Bernadette Bollas Genetin is an Associate Professor of Law at The
University of Akron School of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction
and Procedure, and Complex Litigation. A past Chair and current Executive Committee
member of the AALS Section on Litigation, Professor Genetin writes in the area of federal
rulemaking, concentrating on the intersection of federal procedural rules and
congressional statutes and on the separation of powers and federalism issues that may
result when federal rules and statutes conflict. Professor Genetin has recently turned
her focus to the interplay between the federal e-discovery rules and state e-discovery.
Professor Genetin received her B.A. degree, with highest honors, from The University of
Notre Dame, where she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Genetin received
her law degree, with highest honors, from The Ohio State University College of Law, where
she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Law Journal and was a member of the Order
of the Coif. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty, Professor Genetin clerked in the
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked in private practice as
an associate attorney and as a partner for law firms in Columbus, Ohio and Canton, Ohio.



"Just a Bit Outside!": Proportionality in Federal Discovery and the Institutional Capacity of the Federal Courts, The Review of Litigation (2015)

This Article focuses on pending amendments to Rule 26(b)(1), the scope-of-discovery provision in the Federal...



The Supreme Court's New Approach to Personal Jurisdiction, SMU L. Rev. (2015)

The Supreme Court has returned to the issue of whether a “reasonableness” analysis or an...



Reassessing the Avoidance Canon in Erie Cases, Akron Law Review (2011)

This Article advocates that the Supreme Court recalibrate the avoidance canon used in Erie cases...



Summary Judgment and the Influence of Federal Rulemaking (Foreword to Symposium: The Future of Summary Judgment), Akron Law Review (2010)

This essay provides an overview of symposium articles on The Future of Summary Judgment, which...



Powers That Be: A Reexamination of the Federal Courts' Rulemaking and Adjudicatory Powers in the Context of a Clash of a Congressional Statute and a Supreme Court Rule, Baylor Law Review (2005)

This Article examines the long-standing conflict between Rule 17(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil...