Before joining the Northeastern University faculty in 1970, Professor Subrin
practiced civil litigation and labor law for seven years with the Boston firm of Burns
& Levinson, where he became a partner in 1966. He has published extensively on civil
procedure, with an emphasis on procedural reform, and the historical background of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 

Professor Subrin has taught Civil Procedure, Evidence, Complex Litigation, Alternative
Dispute Resolution, Federal Courts, Civil Trial Practice, and Law and Literature: Life as
a Lawyer. He was reporter to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory
Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure for 12 years and was consultant to the reporter on
the Local Rules Project of the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the
Judicial Conference of the United States. 

Professor Subrin is coauthor of a seminal casebook, Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice,
and Context. With Professor Margaret Y.K. Woo, he has written a text about American civil
procedure for the Chinese legal community, published in Chinese. He and Professor Woo
wrote Litigating in America, Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishers, 2006). 

Professor Subrin has taught Civil Procedure at Harvard Law School and Renmin University
in Beijing, China, and Complex Litigation at Yale Law School. He has also taught
Introduction to the American Legal System at the Cornell Summer Institute of
International and Comparative Law in Paris. 

Articles

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Ashcroft v. Iqbal: contempt for rules, statutes, the constitution, and elemental fairness, School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

We were asked to write about one of the worst United States Supreme Court opinions...

 

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Litigation and democracy: restoring a realistic prospect of trial (with Stephen B. Burbank), School of Law Faculty Publications (2011)

In this essay we review some of the evidence confirming, and some of the reasons...

 

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The limitations of transsubstantive procedure: an essay on adjusting the "one size fits all" assumption, School of Law Faculty Publications (2010)

In this Essay, I explain both the nineteenth and twentieth century decisions to adopt transsubstantive...

 

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Procedure, politics, prediction, and professors: a response to Professors Burbank and Purcell, School of Law Faculty Publications (2008)

In this article I comment on four themes in the work of Stephen Burbank and...

 

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Thoughts on misjudging misjudging, School of Law Faculty Publications (2007)