Professor Galanter to present update on the 'vanishing civil trial'

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution scholar Professor Marc Galanter will visit campus Oct. 15 to discuss what he calls the “vanishing civil trial” with the Penn State Law community. This event will begin at 12:45 p.m. in Room 114, Lewis Katz Hall, in Carlisle, Pa., and will be simulcast to Room 12 at the Lewis Katz Building, in University Park, Pa.

Galanter studies litigation and dispute resolution in the United States and is the author of "Why the ‘Haves’ Come Out Ahead: Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change," one of the most-cited articles in legal literature, and more recently, "The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts."

“This should be a thoughtful and thought-provoking event for law students, lawyers, judges, mediators and members of the community who care deeply about justice and the way in which it is administered in our public courts and privately,” said Nancy Welsh, a professor of law and William Trickett Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law.

Galanter has also been editor of the Law and Society Review, president of the Law and Society Association, chairman of the International Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He received degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Chicago. In addition to the University of Wisconsin and the London School of Economics, he has taught at Chicago, Buffalo, Columbia and Stanford.
In addition to studying dispute resolution in the United States, he studies the legal system of India. He is an Honorary Professor of the National Law School of India, served as adviser to the Ford Foundation on legal services and human rights programs in India and was retained as an expert by the government of India in the litigation arising from the deadly Bhopal industrial disaster. He is currently engaged in research on access to justice in India and more recent developments regarding the vanishing trial.


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Last Updated July 22, 2015