Linda Sandstrom Simard

Professor of Law

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Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District Court of Mass.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Linda Sandstrom Simard, Professor and former Associate Dean, teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Pretrial Civil Litigation and Advanced Civil Procedure. She is active in national, international and state civil procedure organizations. Professor Simard was appointed to the Civil Justice Improvements Committee by the Conference of Chief Justices, a two year project that brought leaders of the bench, bar and academy together to develop a comprehensive national plan to reduce cost and delay in state courts. She has also reported on American class action procedure in Buenos Aires, Argentina and presented her research on the subject in Heidelberg, Germany as an invited speaker for the International Association of Procedural Law. She was elected Chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and served on the Section's Executive Committee. Currently, she serves as an appointed member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to joining the Suffolk Law faculty, Professor Simard practiced complex litigation at the Boston firm of Hale and Dorr (Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr) and she clerked for Judge William G. Young on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Professional Activities

Visiting Professor, Boston College Law School, Spring 2019 Presenter, Bench-Bar Conference Evaluating 2015 Civil Rule Amendments, Duke Law School, Bolch Judicial Institute, June 20-21, 2019; Invited Participant, Efficiency in Motion: A Convening on Summary Judgment & Dispositive Motions, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Nov. 2017; Invited Speaker, The Future of Discovery Symposium, Vanderbilt Law School, October 2017; Member, Standing Advisory Committee on Civil and Appellate Rules to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2015-present); Appointed Member Civil Justice Initiative, Conference of Chief Justices (2014-2016); Appointed member, Civil Working Group of the Massachusetts Superior Court, (2014-2015) Chair, Civil Procedure Section, Association of American Law Schools 2013; Chair Elect, Civil Procedure Section, AALS 2012; Executive Committee, Civil Procedure Section, AALS 2008-2012; National Reporter, International Association of Procedural Law Conference, Buenos Aires (June 2012); Editor and Contributor, Annual Civil Procedure Newsletter (AALS); Guest Commentator, New England Cable News (NECN), Discussing argument before the Supreme Court on class certification in Dukes v. Walmart; Guest News Commentator, WBUR, Discussing Supreme Court decision in Melendez Diaz v. Massachusetts; Commentator, Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly, Class Action Litigation concerning Toyota recall; Guest Commentator, WHDH News, Appointment of Honorable Margaret Sosman, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court; Advisor, Wampanoag Rules of Civil Procedure; Appointed Member, Committee to Evaluate the Implementation of the Criminal Justice Act Plan; Appointed Member, Merit Selection Panel for Federal Magistrate Appointment; Director, Downtown Steering Committee, Reading Massachusetts; Member, Economic Development Working Group, Reading Massachusetts; Visiting Professor, Boston College Law School, Spring 2019; Presenter, Bench-Bar Conference Evaluating 2015 Civil Rule Amendments, Duke Law School, Bolch Judicial Institute, June 20-21, 2019. Panelist, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law Symposium: Constitutional Law Outside the Courts, Panel Titled: What Should the Courts Do With Political Questions?, October 2, 2020.

Teaching Activities



Brief of Professors of Civil Procedure and Federal Courts as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court and Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer, Nos. 19-368 and 19-369, Supreme Court of the United States (argued Oct. 7, 2020), with Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson and Professor Charles "Rocky" Rhodes

Ford's Hidden Fairness Defect, 106 Cornell L. Rev. Online 101 (2020) with Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson and Professor Charles "Rocky" Rhodes

Ford's Jurisdictional Crossroads, 109 Georgetown L. Journal Online 102 (2020) with Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson and Professor Charles "Rocky" Rhodes

Seeking Proportional Discovery: The Beginning of the End of Procedural Uniformity in Civil Rules, 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1919 (2018).

"Fair, Reasonable and Adequate" According to Who? Cy Pres Distributions that Result in Cheap Settlements and Generous Attorney Fees, But No Financial Benefit to Class Members88 S. CAL. L. REV. PS 55 (2015)

A View from Within the Fortune 500: An Empirical Study of Negative Value Class Actions and Deterrence, 47 INDIANA L. REV. 739 (2014)

Transnational Class Actions and the Risk of Relitigation, Transnational Litigation and Procedure Symposium, Southwestern University Law School, February 3, 2012, 18 SW. J. INT’L LAW 501 (2012)

Evidence and Provisional Measures in Complex Litigation and Class Actions—The American Perspective, International Conference and XXIII Ibero-American Procedural Law Convention, PROCESOS COLECTIVOS CLASS ACTIONS 527 (2012)

Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, 97 CORNELL L. REV. 87 (2011)(with Jay Tidmarsh) reprinted in Procedure and Private International Law, edited by Wendy Collins Perdue (Elger Publishing Co.)

Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, Transnational World Congress on Procedural Justice, International Association of Procedural Law, University of Heidelberg, (2011) (with Jay Tidmarsh)

Fees, Incentives, and Deterrence: A Reply to Professor Fitzpatrick, 160 U. PA. L. REV. PENNumbra 10 (2011)

An Empirical Study of Amici Curiae in Federal Court: A Fine Balance of Access, Efficiency, and Adversarialism, 27 REV. LITIG.(University of Texas) 669 (2008) reprinted in Appellate Judges Educ. Institute, 2010 Summit; and The Supreme Court Sourcebook (Aspen 2013)

Meeting Expectations: Two Profiles for Specific Jurisdiction, 38 IND. L. REV. 343 (2005)

Exploring the Limits of Specific Personal Jurisdiction, 62 OHIO ST. L.J. 1619 (2001)

Hybrid Personal Jurisdiction: It’s Not General Jurisdiction or Specific Jurisdiction, But Is It Constitutional?, 48 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 559 (1998)

Coordinating Civil Procedure with Legal Research and Writing: A Field Experiment, 47 J. LEGAL EDUC. 246 (1997) (with Joseph W. Glannon, Terry J. Seligmann and Medb M. Sichko)

Standing Alone: Do We Still Need the Political Question Doctrine?, 100 DICK. L. REV.. 303 (1996)

Daubert's Gatekeeper: The Role of the District Court Judge in Admitting Expert Testimony, 68 TUL. L. REV. 1457 (1994) (with Honorable William G. Young, USDC District of Massachusetts)


Other Publications

Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, THE LEGAL WORKSHOP (2011) (with Jay Tidmarsh)


  • BS, University of Delaware
  • JD, Boston College
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Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Advanced Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Pretrial Civil Litigation
  • Federal Courts