Unpublished Papers

JUDGE HAROLD BAER'S QUIXOTIC CRUSADE FOR CLASS COUNSEL DIVERSITY

Michael H. Hurwitz, Securities and Exchange Commission

Abstract

In this comment, the author discusses the recent rulings of U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr. directing that proposed class counsel provide evidence of its racial and gender diversity. After summarizing the provisions of Rule 23(g) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that govern the appointment of class counsel, the author analyzes Judge Baer’s rulings in light of Rule 23(g)’s requirements. The author concludes that Judge Baer’s rulings are inconsistent with the Rule’s requirements and, instead, represent the judge’s effort to impose his own policy views over the interests of the class members served by the Rule’s narrow focus.

Suggested Citation

Michael H. Hurwitz. 2010. "JUDGE HAROLD BAER'S QUIXOTIC CRUSADE FOR CLASS COUNSEL DIVERSITY" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_hurwitz/1

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