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B.A., summa cum laude, The University of Arizona, 1996
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999


Civil Procedure
Advanced Litigation
Federal Courts

Brooke D. Coleman

William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence

Curriculum VitaePDF


Professor Coleman's research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Boston College Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. She is also the co-author of an innovative civil procedure casebook, Learning Civil Procedure.

Prior to joining the faculty of Seattle University, Professor Coleman was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. She also 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the civil rule amendments to account for electronic discovery and the appellate rule amendments governing citation to unpublished opinions.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 practiced as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in Palo Alto, California.

Professor Coleman's teaching interests include civil procedure, advanced litigation, and federal courts. She has received numerous honors for her teaching, including the law school's Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013.



One Percent Procedure, (in progress)

The Efficiency Norm, 56 B.C. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)

Civil-izing Federalism, 89 Tul. L. Rev. 307 (2014)

Prison is Prison, 88 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2399 (2013)  

The Vanishing Plaintiff, 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)


LEARNING CIVIL PROCEDURE (WEST, 2013) with Jeffrey W. Stempel, Michael J. Kaufman, David F. Herr, & Steven Baicker-McKee

CONCISE HORNBOOK:  COMPLEX LITIGATION (WEST) with Robert Klonoff, Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, & Edward F. Sherman (in progress)

Symposium and Other Articles

Abrogation Magic: The Rules Enabling Act Process, Civil Rule 84, and the Forms, forthcoming Nevada Law Review, Symposium in Honor of Stephen Subrin (invited to participate)

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).

Non-Academic Publications

The Real Cost of Litigation Reform:  Justice, Not Discovery Costs, Are at Stake, ACS Blog (February 14, 2014) at http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/the-real-cost-of-litigation-reform-justice-not-discovery-costs-are-at-stake.

Deserving of Attention:  The Proposed Abrogation of Civil Rule 84 & the Official Forms, PATENTLY-O (January 24, 2014) at http://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/02/deserving-attention-abrogation.html.

Recognizing the Value of Failure in Civil Litigation, March 2013, Celebrating Federal Civil Rulemaking, May 2013, review of Alexander A. Reinert, Screening Out Innovation: The Merits of Meritless Litigation, 89 IND. L. J. __ (forthcoming 2014)

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).