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Linda S. Mullenix

  • Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy


  • PhD Columbia University
  • JD Georgetown University
  • MPhil Columbia University
  • BA City College of New York

LINDA S. MULLENIX holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. Professor Mullenix holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in political science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. She has held appointments as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center; was a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy; and also held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law in Trento, Italy. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Michigan Law Schools. Professor Mullenix has been a professor since 1974, teaching federal civil procedure, mass tort litigation, current issues in class action litigation, aggregate and class action litigation in a global context, and state class action procedure. She also has taught complex litigation, federal courts, conflicts, professional responsibility, and civil justice reform. In January 2012, Professor Mullenix was honored as a “Pathfinder 2012” by the Travis County Women’s Law Association "for her outstanding service to our legal communtiy and continued inspiration as a role model and trailblazer," which recognizes women in the community who “have used their law degrees in ways that inspire the rest of us.”

Professor Mullenix is an elected member of the American Law Institute, serving as the Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, a consultative member of the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project and the Complex Litigation Project. In addition, Professor Mullenix is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, and the International Association of Procedural Law. Professor Mullenix is the author or co-author of seventeen books including Leading Cases in Civil Procedure (2d ed. 2012); Mass Tort Litigation (2d ed. 2008); Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century (3d ed. 2007); State Class Action Practice and Procedure (2000); ALI Restatement Third, The Law Governing Lawyers (2000); Understanding Federal Courts (1998; 2d ed. 2015); and Moore's Federal Practice (2d and 3d Eds.). For over 20 years, Professor Mullenix has been a contributing writer for Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist for the National Law Journal. She has written hundreds of articles published in The Chicago Legal Forum, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown University Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, as well as numerous other journals. Courts throughout the United States have cited Professor Mullenix's articles on procedure and complex litigation.

Professor Mullenix has broadly served the profession in a number of capacities, including as Reporter for an ABA Task Force on Class Actions; Reporter for the Southern District of Texas, Civil Justice Reform Act; Reporter for the National Conference of Federal-State Judicial Relationships; Advisor, Texas Class Action Rules Subcommittee; and Advisor, National Center for State Courts, Study on Civil Discovery. Professor Mullenix has been an invited participant numerous conferences including the ABA Conference on the Future of Class Action Litigation in America; the Symposium on Cutting Edge Issues in Class Action Litigation, The Legal Forum, University of Chicago; the Class Action Conference, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Gulf States Class Action Symposium; the University of Pennsylvania Symposium: Mass Torts; the ABA Class Action Institute; the Mass Tort Working Group, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Special Study Conference on Federal Rules Governing Attorney Conduct, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Research Conference on Class Actions, Institute for Judicial Administration and N.Y.U.; the Conference on Civil Procedure and the Future of the Federal Rules, Southwest Legal Foundation; and the National Mass Tort Litigation Conference. She has served as a faculty member for the Annual Conference on Complex Litigation and Resolution of Class Action Litigation, and has delivered lectures relating to class action litigation in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil.

Recent Publications

  • Putting Proponents to Their Proof: Evidentiary Rules at Class Certification, 82 George Washington Law Review 606 (2014).
  • The Fraud on the Market Presumption in Securities Class Actions: Déjà Vu All Over Again, 5 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 216 (February 24, 2014) (Halliburton Co. and Lesar v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.).
  • Civil Procedure (West Academic, Blackletter Series, 2d ed. 2014).

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Recent Activities

  • Speaker, Symposium: "Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine"

    September 19, 2014

    University of California, Hastings College of Law

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at a symposium sponsored by the University of California, Hastings College of Law, on September 19, 2014. The symposium was "Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine," focusing on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 decision in that case. Other speakers included Profs. Andrew Brandt (UC Berkeley), Kevin Clermont (Cornell), Robin Effron (Brooklyn), Scott Dodson (UC Hastings), Stephen Sachs (Duke), Bard Shannon (Florida Coastal), and Adam Steinman (Alabama). The program was moderated by former Dean Mary Kay Kane and Prof. Rick Marcus (Hastings). Professor Mullenix's paper, "Gaming the System: Protecting Consumers from Unconscionable Contractual Forum Selection and Arbitration Clauses," will be published by the Hastings Law Journal. A draft of this article may be found at

  • American Law Institute, Life Member

    May 19, 2014 – May 21, 2014

    Washington D.C.

    Professor Mullenix attended the annual meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington D.C. on May 19-21, 2014, where she was honored as a new Life Member of the ALI after 25 years as a member of the Institute. The ALI sponsored a luncheon for new Life Members. Professor Mullenix has served the ALI as the Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, and as a consultative member on the Complex Litigation Project; and a consultative member for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure. Over the past 25 years, Professor Mullenix also has contributed to various ALI-ABA programs.

  • Speaker, Symposium: "A Complicated Cleanup: The BP Oil Spill Litigation"

    May 8, 2014 – May 9, 2014

    Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, California

    Professor Mullenix was a speaker at the symposium, "A Complicated Cleanup: The BP Oil Spill Litigation," sponsored by the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation, at Stanford University Law School on May 8-9, 2014. The speakers included special master Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility; Professor Francis McGovern (Duke); Professor Janet Alexander (Stanford); Professor Deborah Hensler (Stanford); and attorney Elizabeth Cabraser, among many others. Professor Mullenix's article for this symposium, "Designing a Compensatory Fund: The Search for First Principles," will be published in the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation. A draft of this article is located at 2466301

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Contact Information

Linda S. Mullenix

Work (512) 232-1375

Fax (512) 471-6988

Office: JON 6.222
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Winifred A. Tillman
(512) 232-1371

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