Center on Civil Justice launches; Peter Zimroth appointed director

Miller, Issacharoff, McKenzie, Birnbaum, and Zimroth, clockwise from left.

The Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law has appointed Peter Zimroth as its director, effective January 2014. Zimroth, adjunct professor at NYU Law and senior counsel with Arnold & Porter in its New York office, is an accomplished trial lawyer and appellate advocate and is recognized as a leading litigator in products liability, commercial, securities, and white collar crime matters.

The Center on Civil Justice at New York University School of Law was launched in 2014 and is dedicated to the study of the present functioning and future prospects of the civil litigation system in the United States. It is designed to fill a void in scholarly and policy analysis and to draw on the strengths of NYU in the field of procedure and complex litigation. Zimroth joins the center’s three faculty directors and board of advisors in administering the center’s activities.

Samuel Issacharoff is the center’s faculty co-director. As Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, his wide-ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, constitutional law, particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems, and employment law. University Professor Arthur R. Miller is also faculty co-director at the center. Miller is the nation’s leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and is coauthor with the late Charles Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, the legendary treatise in the field. The third faculty co-director is Professor Troy McKenzie ’00. McKenzie also serves, by appointment of the chief justice, as a reporter to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. His research and teaching interests include bankruptcy, civil procedure, complex litigation, and the federal courts.

Sheila Birnbaum ’65 is chair of the center’s board of advisors, which is made up of 21 members, comprising judges and practitioners with wide experience in the field. Birnbaum, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, practices primarily in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, and insurance coverage litigation. She represents corporations in complex mass tort and insurance litigation.

Posted on January 15, 2014