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October 31, 2007

Professor Linda Mullenix to speak at annual class actions conference in San Francisco

Professor Linda S. Mullenix will be a speaker at the 17th Annual Litigation and Resolution of Complex Class Actions Workshop on November 1–2, 2007 in San Francisco.

Professor Mullenix has been an annual speaker at this conference, held every fall in New York City and San Francisco. This year, she will be speaking on developments in class action jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. She also will be speaking on the use of class action procedure in the arbitration context.

Professor Mullenix worked on the first successful classwide arbitration of claims in a Texas action, after the American Arbitration Association promulgated rules governing classwide arbitrations. Since the enactment of CAFA in 2005, Professor Mullenix has published eleven articles in the National Law Journal and the New York Law Journal on CAFA developments, and in October 2006 delivered a talk in Munich, Germany, on CAFA to international attorneys.

Professor Mullenix recently published the third edition of Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century, with co-authors Profs. Howard Fink (Ohio State Law School), Tom Rowe (Duke University Law School), and Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School). She contributed all the materials on complex litigation and class action litigation to this book. The third edition includes new materials prepared by Professor Mullenix on the Class Action Fairness Act, enacted by Congress subsequent to the book’s second edition.

Professor Mullenix holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law, and from 1991–2001 was the Bernard J. Ward Centennial Professor of Law. Professor Mullenix is the author of ten 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/Nexis 1996, 2002, 2007), and Moore's Federal Practice (2d and 3d Eds.). She 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.

Professor Mullenix graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York and holds masters and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in political science. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced in Washington, D.C. During 1989-90 she was a Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center.

Professor Mullenix has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Michigan, and Southern Methodist law schools, the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Chair at Villanova law school, and the Katherine Ryan Distinguished Professor at St. Mary’s Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. In 2002, she was a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. During spring 2007 she held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law, in Trento, Italy.

Professor Mullenix is a contributing editor and writer for Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist on class action litigation for the National Law Journal. She 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, an elected Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law.

Professor Mullenix has written hundreds of articles relating to class action litigation and procedural law, 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.

Related Links:
Bio of Professor Mullenix: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/lsmull52/

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu