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Linda Simard

Visiting Professor

Biography

Linda Sandstrom Simard is a visiting professor at BC Law. She has served as Professor and former Associate Dean at Suffolk Law School. She is an active participant in national, international and state civil procedure organizations. Professor Simard has played an active role in the Association of American Law Schools, having been elected Chair of the Civil Procedure Section and serving as a member of the Executive Committee. She was appointed to the Civil Justice Improvements Committee by the Conference of Chief Justices, a committee comprised of leaders of the bench, bar and academy, to draft a national plan to reduce cost and delay in state courts around the country. She has reported on American class action procedure in Buenos Aires, Argentina and presented her research on the subject in Heidelberg, Germany as an invited speaker for the International Association of Procedural Law. In 2016, she was appointed to the Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Professor Simard's teaching and scholarship focus on civil procedure and federal courts, with topics including research on the deterrent value of class action litigation, the inclusion of foreign citizens in transnational class actions, the constitutional limits of personal jurisdiction and the role of amicus curiae in federal court. Her most recent paper, Seeking Proportional Discovery: The Beginning of the End of Procedural Uniformity in Civil Rules, is forthcoming in Vanderbilt Law Review. Prior to joining the Suffolk Law faculty, Professor Simard practiced complex litigation at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr (currently Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr) and she clerked for Judge William G. Young on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.