Life Member

Professor Linda S. Mullenix

Austin, TX
University of Texas School of Law
The City College of New York, B.A. (political science, magna cum laude)
Columbia University, M.Phil., Ph.D. (political science)
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • LINDA S. MULLENIX holds the Rita and Morris Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. Professor Mullenix earned M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from the City College of New York. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and practiced appellate litigation in Washington, D.C. She has been a college and law professor since 1974.
  • Professor Mullenix has served as a Supreme Court Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center; a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy; and held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law, in Trento, Italy. She is an elected Life Member of the American Law Institute, an elected Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and an elected Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also is an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law. She served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Fulbright Alumni Association and as Vice President of the Fulbright Italian Interest Group.
  • In January 2012, Professor Mullenix was honored as a “Pathfinder 2012” by the Travis County Women’s Law Association, which recognizes women in the community who “have used their law degrees in ways that inspire the rest of us.”
  • Professor Mullenix teaches federal civil procedure, mass tort litigation, and various courses relating to class action litigation. She also has taught complex litigation, federal courts, conflict of laws, professional responsibility, and civil justice reform. She has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Trento (Italy), Harvard, Michigan, and Southern Methodist law schools; held the Reuschlein Distinguished Visiting Chair (Villanova); and served as the Katherine Ryan Distinguished Professor at the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Professor Mullenix is the author or co-author of twenty-five  books including Public Nuisance: The New Mass Tort Frontier (Cambridge University Press 2024); Mass Tort Litigation (West Academic Publishing 4th ed. 2023); Leading Cases in Civil Procedure (West Academic Publishing 4th ed. 2023); Understanding Federal Courts (2d ed. 2015); Civil Procedure Blackletter Series (West Academic Publishing 3rd ed. 2024);  Federal Courts in the Twenty-First Century (3d ed. 2007); State Class Action Practice and Proecdure (Michie 2000); Restatement Third, The Law Governing Lawyers ALI 2000);  Moore's Federal Practice, Third Edition, Vol. 17(A). 
  • For more than thirty years she has been a contributor to Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist for the National Law Journal. She served as an Associate Reporter for the ALI Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, a consultative member of the ALI Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure and the ALI Complex Litigation Project. Professor Mullenix has written dozens of articles published in The Chicago Legal Forum, Cornell Law Review, Georgetown University Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Stanford Law Review, The Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, as well as numerous other journals.
  • Professor Mullenix has served the profession in various capacities, including as Reporter for an ABA Task Force on Class Actions; Reporter for the Southern District of Texas, Civil Justice Reform Act; Reporter for the National Conference of Federal-State Judicial Relationships; Advisor, Texas Class Action Rules Subcommittee; and Advisor, National Center for State Courts, Study on Civil Discovery.
  • Professor Mullenix has been an invited participant at numerous academic conferences, including the ABA Conference on the Future of Class Action Litigation in America; the Symposium on Cutting Edge Issues in Class Action Litigation, The Legal Forum, University of Chicago; Class Action Conference, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Gulf States Class Action Symposium; the University of Pennsylvania Symposium: Mass Torts; the ABA Class Action Institute; the Mass Tort Working Group, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Special Study Conference on Federal Rules Governing Attorney Conduct, Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; the Research Conference on Class Actions, Institute for Judicial Administration and N.Y.U.; the Conference on Civil Procedure and the Future of the Federal Rules, Southwest Legal Foundation and S.M.U. University; and the National Mass Tort Litigation Conference. She has been a repeat participant at Emory Law School’s Randolph Thrower Symposium and the DePaul University College of Law Clifford Symposium. She also has served as a faculty member for the Annual Conference on Complex Litigation and Resolution of Class Action Litigation.
  • Professor Mullenix has delivered lectures relating to class action litigation in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the U.K.
  • Courts throughout the United States have cited Professor Mullenix’s articles on procedure and complex litigation. She has appeared as a radio commentator on National Public Radio and been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the National Law Journal,, and the Guardian (U.K.), among other media publications. Professor Mullenix has worked as counsel and as a consulting expert with plaintiffs, defendants, and objectors on numerous prominent federal and state class action cases. In addition, Professor Mullenix has worked on Canadian class actions; class litigation under the Brazilian Consumer Protection Act; and several London arbitrations relating to mass tort settlements. She also has been an adviser regarding proposed Swedish and Finnish class action legislation.

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Areas of Expertise
Tort Law
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)