School of Law professor Brooke Coleman, co-associate dean of research and faculty development, discussed her research into the demographic composition of a powerful, but little-known, judicial committee that writes the rules for how civil litigation works. Professor Coleman discussed her most recent essay, #SoWhiteMale, followed by a broader community discussion on what diversity means, why it matters and how we can—institutionally and individually—do more to make a difference.
Professor Coleman’s research and teaching interests focus on procedure and procedural justice. She has published in many prestigious law journals and coauthored an innovative civil procedure casebook. Among other honors for her teaching, Professor Coleman has received the law school’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Coleman was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. She also clerked for the Honorable David F. Levi, district judge in the Eastern District of California and then-chair of the standing committee on the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure.