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April 18, 2007

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Professor Linda Mullenix Awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law in Italy

Law expert also named a general reporter at fall World Congress on Procedural Law in Brazil

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Linda Mullenix of The University of Texas School of Law is in residence this spring at the University of Trento in Italy as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law.

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards have demonstrated a prominent record of scholarly accomplishment including a significant publication and teaching record. The Fulbright Chair in Law is the only law chair in Italy, and one of a handful in the field of law. Therefore, selection into the program is very competitive.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Mullenix is teaching a comparative course in class action jurisprudence in civil and common law countries.

“Many of the civil law countries, including Italy, now have pending class action legislation, so there is great interest in class action law here,” Mullenix said. She will remain in Italy through the end of June, which is the end of the spring 2007 academic session at the University of Trento.

In addition, Mullenix will be the general reporter for common law and civil law countries on class action jurisprudence at the upcoming World Congress on Procedural Law, to be held in Brazil during next September.

In 2002, Mullenix was given a prestigious appointment as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

About Linda Mullenix

Linda S. Mullenix holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law. She is the author of nine books including State Class Action Practice and Procedure (CCH 2000), Understanding Federal Courts (Matthew Bender 1998), Mass Tort Litigation (West Group 1996), Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century (Lexis-Matthew Bender 1996), and Moore’s Federal Practice (2d and 3d Eds.).

She is a contributing editor and writer for Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist on complex litigation for the National Law Journal. Professor Mullenix is a member of the American Law Institute, associate reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, a consultative member of the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Complex Litigation Project. She has written hundreds of articles published in numerous law journals.

Professor Mullenix teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort litigation, current issues in class action litigation, class action litigation in a global context, and state class action procedure. She has been a college and law professor since 1974, and has taught complex litigation, federal courts, conflicts, professional responsibility, and civil justice reform.

About the Fulbright Scholar Program

For over 50 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization; it is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE). For more information go to:

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