Linda Simard is a Professor and former Associate Dean. Professor Simard teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Pretrial Civil Litigation and Advanced Civil Procedure. She is active in national, international and state civil procedure organizations. Professor Simard was appointed to the Civil Justice Improvements Committee by the Conference of Chief Justices, a two year project that brought leaders of the bench, bar and academy together to develop a comprehensive national plan to reduce cost and delay in state courts.
She has also 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. She was elected Chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and served on the Section's Executive Committee.
Currently, she serves as an appointed member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to joining the Suffolk Law faculty, Professor Simard practiced complex litigation at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr (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.