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Catherine Struve

David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass Professor of Law

Catherine Struve

Catherine Struve teaches and researches in the fields of civil procedure and federal courts. She serves as Reporter to the U.S. Continue reading…


16A & 16AA FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (5th edition, 2019 & 2020, respectively) (with the late Charles Alan Wright, Arthur R. Miller, & Edward H. Cooper) (volumes on the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Federal Rules of Inmate Appeals, 50 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 249 (2018).

Phantom Rules, 117 COLUM. L. REV. ONLINE 70 (2017).

What Ed Cooper Has Taught Me about the Realities and Complexities of Appellate Jurisdiction and Procedure, 46 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 697 (2013).

The Conditions of Pretrial Detention, 161 U. PA. L. REV. 1009 (2013).

Institutional Practice, Procedural Uniformity, and As-Applied Challenges Under the Rules Enabling Act, 86 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1181 (2011).

Sovereign Litigants: Native American Nations in Court, 55 VILL. L. REV. 929 (2010).

Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr.: Scholar, Law Reformer, Teacher, and Mentor, 158 U. PA. L. REV. 1307 (2010).

Shifting Burdens: Discrimination Law Through the Lens of Jury Instructions, 51 B.C. L. REV. 279 (2010).

Time and the Courts: What Deadlines and Their Treatment Tell Us about the Litigation System, 59 DEPAUL L. REV. 601 (2010).

Foreword: Procedure as Palimpsest, 158 U. PA. L. REV. 421 (2010).

The Story of Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez, in FEDERAL COURTS STORIES (Vicki Jackson & Judith Resnik eds., 2009).

Power, Protocol and Practicality: Communications From the District Court During an Appeal, 84 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 2053 (2009).

Judiciary Act of 1891, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (David S. Tanenhaus et al., eds., Macmillan Reference USA 2008).

Commentary on Class Settlements Under Attack, 156 U. PA. L. REV. 2143 (2008).

Greater and Lesser Powers of Tort Reform: The Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine and State-Law Claims Concerning FDA-Approved Products, 93 CORNELL L. REV. 1039 (2008).

Constitutional Decision Rules for Juries, 37 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 659 (2006).

The FDA and the Tort System: Postmarketing Surveillance, Compensation, and the Role of Litigation, 2 YALE J. HEALTH POL’Y, L. & ETHICS 587 (2005).

Tribal Immunity and Tribal Courts, 36 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 137 (2004).

Doctors, the Adversary System, and Procedural Reform in Medical Liability Litigation, 72 FORDHAM L. REV. 943 (2004).

Direct and Collateral Federal Court Review of the Adequacy of State Procedural Rules, 103 COLUM. L. REV. 243 (2003).

How Bad Law Made a Hard Case Easy: Nevada v. Hicks and the Subject Matter Jurisdiction of Tribal Courts, 5 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 288 (2003).

The Paradox of Delegation: Interpreting the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 150 U. PA. L. REV. 1099 (2002).

Note, Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protection in a Utilitarian World: An Argument for Recomparison, 108 HARV. L. REV. 1697 (1995).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Indian Law


Penn Law - Professor (2005- ); Assistant Professor (2000-2005)

Cravath, Swaine & Moore - Litigation Associate (1996-2000)

Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1995-96)

Reporter to Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2019- )

Co-Reporter to Third Circuit Task Force Preparing Model Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (2004-09, 2013-19); Reporter (2009-2013)

Professional Activities

Member, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Executive Committees for the Federal Courts Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Member, American Law Institute (elected 2006); ALI Council member (elected 2010).

Chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools (2008); member, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Executive Committees.

Member, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Committees on Professional Development of the Association of American Law Schools.


  • Civil Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure

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