Associate Professor of Law
Professor Coleman earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Professor Coleman was a Fellow at Stanford Law School. From 2003-2006, she clerked for Honorable David F. Levi, district judge in the Eastern District of California and then-chair of the Standing Committee on the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure. During that time, she worked on a variety of procedural amendments, including the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions. Before her clerkship, she worked as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in Palo Alto, California.
Her scholarship explores how procedural doctrine affects access to justice, particularly with respect the processes and institutions that give rise to those doctrines. Her teaching interests include civil procedure, advanced litigation, and federal courts.
About-Face: When the Supreme Court's Federalism Meets Procedural Law (in progress)
Prison is Prison, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2399 (2013).
The Vanishing Plaintiff, Seton Hall Law Review, 42 Seton Hall L. Rev. 501 (2012).
Recovering Access: Rethinking the Structure of Federal Civil Rulemaking, 39 N.M. L. Rev. 261 (2009).
The Celotex Initial Burden Standard and an Opportunity to "Revivify" Rule 56, 32 S. Ill. U. L.J. 295 (2008).
Symposium and Other Articles
What if?: A Study of Seminal Cases as if Decided in a Twombly/Iqbal Regime, 90 Oregon L. Rev. 1147 (2012), (University of Oregon Symposium: Miller's Courts: Media, Rules, Policy, and the Future of Access to Justice) (invited to submit an essay and participate on a panel).
Summary Judgment: What We Think We Know Versus What We Ought To Know, 43 Loyola U. Chicago L. J. 705 (2012) (colloquium) (invited to submit an essay).
Lassiter v. Department of Social Services: Why is it such a Lousy Case?, 12 Nev. L. J. 591 (2012) (symposium) (invited to submit an essay).
Celebrating Federal Civil Rulemaking, May 2013, review of Lonny Hoffman, Rulemaking in the Age of Twombly and Iqbal, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2013)
Interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, March 2012, review of David Marcus, When Rules are Rules: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Institutions in Legal Interpretation, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 927 (2011).
Textbooks and Book Chapters
Brooke D. Coleman, Jeffrey Stempel, Michael Kaufman, David Herr, & Steven Baicker-McKee, Learning Civil Procedure (West Academic Publishing 2013)
Brooke D. Coleman & Robert P. Bartlett, The Due Diligence Review, in THE ACQUISITION & SALE OF THE EMERGING GROWTH COMPANY: THE M&A EXIT (Glasser Legal Works 2004).
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