Laura Gaston Dooley

Professor of Law, on leave
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J.D., Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif (1986)
B.A. in English and Music, University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa (1982)

Courses Taught & Research Interests

Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Jurisprudence, Conflict of Laws, Legal Process, Family Law, Women and the Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Feminist Jurisprudence

Scholarly Works

National Juries for National Cases: Preserving Citizen Participation in Large-Scale Litigation, 83 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 411 (2008).

The Dilution Effect: Federalization, Fair Cross-sections and the Concept of Community, 54 DePaul L. Rev. 79 (2004) Westlaw | Lexis | bepress

Unequal Racial Access to Kidney Transplantation (with Ian Ayres and Robert Gaston), book chapter, Ian Ayers, Pervasive Prejudice: Unconventional Evidence of Race and Gender Discrimination (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Stumbling Toward Equity: The Government’s Role in Kidney Transplantation, 1998 U. Ill. L. Rev. 703 (with Robert Gaston).

The Cult of Finality: Rethinking Collateral Estoppel in the Postmodern Age, 31 Val. U. L. Rev. 43 (1996). (inaugural lecture)

Our Juries, Our Selves: The Power, Perception and Politics of the Civil Jury, 80 Cornell L. Rev. 325 (1995).

Distinctions & Awards

Michael and Dianne Swygert Research Fellow (2008)
Jack A. Hiller Distinguished Faculty Award (2007)
Michael and Dianne Swygert Teaching Fellow (2004)
Order of the Coif
Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

Members Consultative Group, Project on Aggregate Litigation. American Law Institute
AALS Civil Procedure Section Newsletter. Contributing Editor.
Valparaiso University Law Review. Advisor (1994-present).
University Honorary Degrees Committee. Chair (2002-present)
University Gender Studies Committee. Member (2000-present)
University Faculty Grievance Committee. Member (2002-present)

Previous Professional Experience

Bigelow Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law
Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Pasco Bowman, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit