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May 18, 2022

The Decline of the Civil Jury Trial: Implications for Trial Practice

Newsweek reports the decline of the civil jury trial over the past few decades. Professor Valerie Hans at Cornell Law School and her colleagues at Southwestern Law School and the Center for Constitutional Litigation suggest possible reasons including: the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure’s discouragement against jury trials, and Supreme Court’s approval for dispositive motions. In addition, the American Bar Association argues civil damage caps and the rise of mandatory arbitration as factors to the decline. From this trend, there are several implications noteworthy for trial practice; the pressure to settle a case and the backlog of cases (due to the pandemic) that may require such cases to be resolved without a jury.

May 14, 2021

How Justice Amy Coney Barrett Is Already Changing the Supreme Court

During a panel at the Northern District of California’s virtual conference, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Melissa Murray of NYU School of Law outlined how the justice’s presence has shifted the high court’s institutional dynamics.

February 17, 2021

California's Shifting Relationship with the Supreme Court

CJRI Chair and Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky discusses what Californians can expect from the Supreme Court with the New York Times.

July 2022

Joanna Schwartz of UCLA Law wins CJRI’s “Best Article Prize”

The Berkeley Civil Justice Research Initiative is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Berkeley Civil Justice Research Initiative’s Best article prize, is Joanna Schwartz of UCLA Law for “Qualified Immunity’s Boldest Lie.” The prize recognizes an important scholarly contribution to access to justice in the preceding year. Professor Schwartz’s article combines heroic data collection efforts with a deep and thoughtful analysis of the implicit (and often incorrect) empirical assumptions at the foundation of the qualified immunity doctrine in the United States, which shields police officers and others, from liability for constitutional violations in many instances.