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D. Theodore  Rave

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D. Theodore Rave

George A. Butler Research Professor,
Associate Professor of Law

Teddy Rave writes and teaches in the areas of civil procedure, complex litigation, constitutional law, and election law. His scholarship focuses on problems of governance across a range of institutions.

Professor Rave’s articles have appeared in leading journals, including the Harvard Law Review, the California Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among others.  His article, When Peace Is Not the Goal of a Class Action Settlement, was selected for the 2015 Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum.

A noted expert on class actions, multidistrict litigation, and public fiduciary law, Professor Rave is regularly interviewed in national and local media outlets including, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, NPR, and the Houston Chronicle.  He is a sought-after speaker and has presented papers at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Duke, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and many other schools.

In 2018, Professor Rave received the university-wide Teaching Excellence Award, and he was elected a member of the American Law Institute.

Prior to joining the Law Center in 2013, Professor Rave was a Furman Fellow at the New York University School of Law.  Before that, he was an associate in the Issues and Appeals practice at Jones Day in New York, where he focused on federal and state appellate litigation, as well as class actions and multidistrict litigation.  Professor Rave earned his J.D. from NYU School of Law and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He served as a law clerk for Judge Leonard B. Sand on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and for Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He is admitted to practice in New York.

Selected Publications:

It’s Good to Have the "Haves" on Your Side: A Defense of Repeat Players in Multidistrict Litigation, 108 Geo. L.J. 73 (2019) (with Andrew D. Bradt)

Aggregation on Defendants’ Terms: Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Federalization of Mass Tort Litigation, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 1251 (2018) (with Andrew Bradt)

The Information-Forcing Role of the Judge in Multidistrict Litigation, 105 Cal. L. Rev. 1259 (2017) (with Andrew Bradt)

Closure Provisions in MDL Settlements, 85 Fordham L. Rev. 2175 (2017)

Fiduciary Voters?, 66 Duke L.J. 331 (2016)

When Peace Is Not the Goal of a Class Action Settlement, 50 Ga. L. Rev. 475 (2016)

Settlement, ADR, and Class Action Superiority, 5 J. Tort L. 91 (2014)

Politicians As Fiduciaries, 126 Harv. L. Rev. 671 (2013)

Governing the Anticommons in Aggregate Litigation, 66 Vand. L. Rev. 1183 (2013)

Civil Procedure
Complex Litigation
Constitutional Law
Elections and the Law of Democracy
Texas v. United States Seminar