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Summer 2003
Chairs of Distinction
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David G. and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law

James Weiss (right) with John A. Kobashigawa

STEPHEN YEAZELL is an expert in procedural law and has always been interested in how people settle disputes, how all the players interact in litigation and how these rules make society stronger. As holder of the Price Chair in the School of Law since 2001, he focuses on the dynamics of contemporary civil litigation.

“My goal is to try to understand what has happened to civil litigation in the 20th century,” says Yeazell, last year’s chair of the Academic Senate and a former junior high school English and history teacher who earned a law degree from Harvard and clerked for California Supreme Court Justice Matthew Tobriner before coming to UCLA in 1975.

An author of books, articles and reviews about the history and theory of procedure, Yeazell is also sought after at legal conferences. In December, he will address the American Bar Association’s Vanishing Trials Project, a special litigation meeting in San Francisco that will explore whether there are fewer trials today than in decades past, “what this means and is it something we should worry about.”

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