Elizabeth C. Burch

Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2017


Elizabeth Chamblee Burch is the Charles H. Kirbo Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law where her teaching and research interests include civil procedure, class actions and mass torts. In 2015, the American Law Institute awarded her its Young Scholar’s Medal, which recognized the potential for her work on class actions and multidistrict litigation to influence improvements in the law.

Burch has published over 30 articles and essays in journals such as the New York University Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review. She co-authors a casebook titled The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation with the late Richard A. Nagareda, Robert G. Bone, Charles Silver, and Patrick Woolley. She was elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2013, and is a frequent commentator in various national news media, such as National Public Radio’s Marketplace, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The L.A. Times.

In 2014, Burch received the John C. O’Byrne Memorial Award for furthering student-faculty relations at Georgia. Before joining Georgia’s faculty in 2011, Burch was an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she received the university-wide Graduate Teaching Award and was voted Professor of the Year. She began her academic career in 2006 at Cumberland School of Law where she received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award and the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Faculty Scholarship Award. Before entering the legal academy, Burch worked as an associate at Holland & Knight LLP in Atlanta, where she practiced in the area of complex litigation, including securities class actions.

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