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About Scott Dodson

Professor Dodson is the Associate Dean for Research and Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Federal Courts. He has authored more than seventy articles, chapters, and essays, appearing in Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. He has authored or edited five books: a monograph on civil pleadings with Oxford University Press (2013), an edited volume of essays on Justice Ginsburg with Cambridge University Press (2015), a coursebook on civil procedure (2011, 2d ed. 2012), an annual volume of scholarship for judges called The Judges' Book, and a casebook titled The Black Book of Federal Courts (annual editions from 2018 to present). His writings have been cited in twenty court opinions, including by the Alabama, Nebraska, and Texas Supreme Courts, and the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.
Professor Dodson has been quoted or interviewed as a legal expert more than seventy times by various news media, including the 10:00 Nightly News, NPR Radio, CNN Radio, Bloomberg News, and the Associated Press. He has authored or joined more than twenty amicus briefs before the Supreme Court. He has guest blogged at SCOTUSblog, Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Prof Blog, and PrawfsBlawg, and he is a permablogger at SCOCAblog.
Previously, Professor Dodson held permanent faculty appointments at William & Mary Law School and the University of Arkansas School of Law. For the 2008 fall semester, he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. He has also taught at George Washington University School of Law and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Before being appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor, he held the James Edgard Hervey Chair in Litigation and the Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair.


Present Associate Dean for Research, James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, and Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Civil Procedure and Federal Courts

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  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Comparative Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws

Contact Information

University of California
Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister
San Francisco, CA 94102

Journal Articles & Essays (45)