Jay Tidmarsh

Jay Tidmarsh

Judge James J. Clynes, Jr., Professor of Law

Office: 1119 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-6985
Fax: 574-631-8612
Email: Jay.H.Tidmarsh.1@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Kristina Kusisto
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Professor Jay Tidmarsh, an expert in complex civil litigation and civil procedure, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in 1989. He earned an A.B. with highest honors from Notre Dame in 1979 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982. A member of the Wisconsin Bar, he practiced as a trial attorney with the Torts Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1982 to 1989. He served as a visiting professor of law at Michigan Law School in 2000 and at Harvard Law School in 2003. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute. 

He teaches principally in the areas of civil procedure, complex civil litigation, federal courts, torts, products liability, and remedies. He is the author or co-author of eleven books, including casebooks in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, as well as numerous law-review articles in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, federal courts, and torts. He has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure, and as a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development.

Courses Taught

LAW60307, Constitutional Law

LAW60308, Civil Procedure

LAW60901, Torts

LAW70201, Evidence

LAW70203, Remedies

LAW70311, Federal Courts

LAW70316, Complex Civil Litigation

LAW70371, Conflict of Laws

LAW70912, Products Liability



Civil Procedure, with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr. & Suzanna Sherry (Foundation Press 4th ed. 2016). 

Class Actions: Five Principles To Promote Fairness and Efficiency (LexisNexis 2014 ed. 2013). 

Civil Procedure, with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr. & Suzanna Sherry (Foundation Press 3d ed. 2012). 

Jay Tidmarsh, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Civil Procedure (Aspen Publishers 2012). 

Modern Complex Litigation, with Roger H. Trangsrud (Foundation, 2d ed. 2010). 

Civil Procedure, with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr. & Suzanna Sherry (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2008). 

Civil Procedure: Essentials, with Suzanna Sherry (Wolters Kluwer 2007). 

Civil Procedure, with Thomas D. Rowe, Jr. & Suzanna Sherry (Foundation Press 2004). 

Complex Litigation: Problems in Advanced Civil Procedure, with Roger H. Trangsrud (Foundation Press 2002). 

Complex Litigation and the Adversary System, with Roger H. Trangsrud (Foundation Press 1998); and Supplement (Foundation Press 2000). 

Mass Tort Settlement Class Actions: Five Case Studies (Federal Judicial Center 1998). 

Book Chapters 

The Story of Hansberry: The Rise of the Modern Class Action, in Civil Procedure Stories 233-294 (Kevin M. Clermont ed., Thomson-West 2008). 

Hansberry v. Lee: The Foundation of Modern Class Actions, in Civil Procedure Stories 217-79 (Kevin M. Clermont ed., Foundation Press 2004). 

Mandatory Prediscovery Disclosure in the Northern District of Indiana, in Mandatory Prediscovery Disclosure: A First Look, at tab 8 (M.B. Thaler and E. Ward eds., American Bar Association 1994). 


The Litigation Budget, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 855 (2015). 

Resurrecting Trial by Statistics, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 1459 (2015). 

Auctioning Class Settlements, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 227 (2014). 

Cy Pres and the Optimal Class Action, 82 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 767 (2014). 

Living in CAFA’s World, 32 The Review of Litigation 691–719 (2013). 

Superiority as Unity, 107 Nw. U. L. Rev. 565-592 (2013) (a contribution to a festschrift in honor of Martin Redish). 

Foreign Citizens in Transnational Class Actions, 97 Cornell L. Rev. 87 (2011) (with Linda Sandstrom Simard) 

Foreword: Erie's Gift, 44 Akron L. Rev, 897 (2011). 

Procedure, Substance, and Erie, 64 Vand. L. Rev. 877 (2011). 

Optimal Class Size, Opt-Out Rights, and "Indivisible" Remedies, 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 542 (2011) (with David Betson). 

Resolving Cases On the Merits, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 407 (2010) 

Exiting Litigation, 41 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 263 (2010). 

The Appropriations Power and Sovereign Immunity, 107 Mich. L. Rev. 1207 (2009) (with Paul F. Figley). 

Rethinking Adequacy of Representation, 87 Tex. L. Rev. 1137 (2009). 

Finding Room for State Class Actions in a Post-CAFA World: The Case of the Counterclaim Class Action, 35 W. St. U. L. Rev. 193 (2007). 

"The Dean of Chicago's Black Lawyers": Earl Dickerson and Civil Rights Lawyering in the Year Before Brown, 93 Virginia L. Rev. 1355 (2007). (with Stephen Robinson). 

Pound's Century, and Ours, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 513 (2006). 

A Theory of Federal Common Law, 100 Nw. U. L. Rev. 585 (2006) (with Briah J. Murray). 

A Dialogic Defense of "Alden," 75 Notre Dame Law Review 1161 (2000). 

Looking Forward, 1 Sedona Conference Journal 1 (2000). 

Whitehead's Metaphysics and the Law: A Dialogue, 62 Albany Law Review 1 (1998). 

Civil Procedure: The Last Ten Years, 46 Journal of Legal Education 503 (1996). 

A Process Theory of Torts, 51 Washington & Lee Law Review 1313 (1994). 

Tort Law: The Languages of Duty, 25 Indiana Law Review 1419 (1992). 

Unattainable Justice: The Form of Complex Litigation and the Limits of Judicial Power, 60 George Washington Law Review 1683 (1992). 

Book Review 

80 J. Relig. 702 (2000). 


Mass Tort Settlement Class Actions: Five Case Studies and Their Policy Implications (Federal Judicial Center 1998). 

Report of the Advisory Group on the Reduction of Cost and Delay in Civil Cases, with the Honorable Robert L. Miller Jr. (1991). 

Congressional Testimony 

Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act: Hearing on H.R. 1023 Before the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, 104th Cong. (1996).

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Federal Courts
  • Remedies
  • Torts