Rhonda Wasserman

Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2016

Biography

Rhonda Wasserman joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1986. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1998 to 2000 and was named the Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar for the 2014-15 academic year. Professor Wasserman teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Transnational Litigation in United States Courts, and an Electronic Discovery Seminar. Her scholarship focuses on class actions and complex litigation. Most recently, she has examined the use of the cy pres mechanism to distribute unclaimed settlement proceeds; class action waivers in arbitration agreements; efforts to bind future claimants who are not yet aware of their injuries; secret class action settlements; and transnational class actions. Professor Wasserman has also written on the obligation of states to recognize family status determinations, such as adoption or divorce, made in the courts of other states, with a particular focus on non-traditional families. She has published a book entitled Procedural Due Process: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (2004).

Professor Wasserman has taught American Civil Procedure and Conflict of Laws at Wuhan University School of Law in Hubei Province, China, and at the University of Latvia Faculty of Law in Riga, Latvia.

Professor Wasserman graduated from Cornell University, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1983, where she received the Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize. Before joining the faculty at Pitt, she practiced law in New York City.

Professor Wasserman has won numerous prizes for her teaching, including the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Pitt Law Student Bar Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. One of her law review articles, Are You Still My Mother?: Interstate Recognition of Adoptions by Gays and Lesbians, 58 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (2008), received the Dukeminier Award, granted by the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law.

Professor Wasserman is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on several of its Members’ Consultative Groups. From 2001 to 2009, she served as the Reporter to the Local Rules Committee of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Raised in New Jersey, Professor Wasserman has lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for thirty years. She and her husband have three adult sons and a darling beagle named Denver.

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