Robin Effron

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7933 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure
Comparative Contract Law
Complex Litigation

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
J.D., New York University School of Law

Professor Robin Effron Previews Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings on CBS News


As the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch get underway, Professor Robin Effron appeared on CBS News March 19 to discuss what to expect from the process.

Bloomberg Law: Civil Rule Changes Could Affect Environmental Litigation*


Professor Robin Effron comments on recently enacted amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that may reduce litigation costs and increase judicial efficiency, but " amount to making life more difficult for plaintiffs and not for defendants.” * Please note: Access to some articles may be subscription-based.

Professor Robin Effron Earns National Attention for Recent Scholarship

Even for an accomplished scholar like Professor Robin Effron, few thrills compete with that of peer recognition. Her forthcoming article in the Alabama Law Review, “Reason Giving and Rule Making in Procedural Law” (2014), has won significant attention—including a visit to Nashville earlier this week, as part of the 2013 New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop at Vanderbilt University.

Professor Robin Effron Cited in Tennessee Supreme Court Ruling

Professor Robin Effron was quoted in a recent Tenneseee Supreme Court ruling regarding jurisdiction over foreign manufacturers and importers. Her article, "Letting the Perfect Become the Enemy of the Good: The Relatedness Problem in Personal Jurisdiction," 16 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 867, was cited several times throughout the Court's opinion.

Professor Robin Effron Comments on Liability Jurisdiction for Foreign Companies

Professor Robin Effron spoke to Law360 about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent refusal of a case concerning foreign manufacturers’ lawsuits. The case regarded a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., a Canadian company, against the Canadian unit of Dow Chemical Co., an American company. Experts, including Professor Effron, argue that this decision will make future lawsuits involving foreign companies complicated for years to come. “Even if you were to make an argument that the law is clear if you were to follow the plurality, the underlying rationale is pretty unclear itself,” she said.

Professor Robin Effron on Wal-Mart v. Dukes in Westlaw Journal Expert Commentary Series

In a recent Westlaw Journal Expert Commentary Series, Professor Robin Effron discussed the impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on commonality in class action cases. The Supreme Court ultimately sided with the defendant, who was being sued by nearly 1.5 million current and former female employees for gender discrimination. The Court was split on the issue of Rule 23(a)(2); the majority maintaining that it was impossible to determine whether all members of the class truly had the same claim. In her article, Professor Effron explores how this new interpretation of Rule 23(a)(2) will affect future class actions.

Professor Effron to Present Paper on Procedural Reform at AALS Annual Meeting

Professor Robin Effron’s forthcoming paper, The Shadow Rules of Joinder, was chosen to be presented at the AALS Civil Procedure Section Panel to be held in Washington D.C. in January, 2012.

The National Law Journal Features Op-Ed on Class Actions by Professor Robin Effron

In a recent op-ed for The National Law Journal, Professor Robin Effron discussed the implications of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, a class action suit involving 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees who claimed salary discrimination. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in favor of the defendant, explaining that the class action complaint did not meet commonality requirements. Professor Effron disagrees with the decision, saying "This reading of "common question" is problematic, and not simply because it is at odds with the text of the rules. It ignores the possibility that investigation and resolution of common issues in a single proceeding can be beneficial to the parties and the judicial system, even if individual issues remain or even predominate."

Professor Robin Effron Quoted by Third Circuit Court of Appeals

On September 22, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit filed its opinion on a multi-million dollar class action case in which it cited Professor Robin Effron’s article, The Plaintiff Neutrality Principle: Pleading Complex Litigation in the Era of Twombly and Iqbal.