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Elizabeth T. Lear




Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0660

(352) 392-3005

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J.D., University of Michigan (magna cum laude); B.A., University of North Carolina (with honors)

Teaching & Scholarship

  • Criminal Law, Federal Practice, Civil Procedure

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 1990 as Assistant Professor. Named Associate Professor (1992-95), Professor (1995). Research Sabbatical (1996-97) on Italian Constitution Court.
  • Visiting Faculty: University of San Diego School of Law, California Western School of Law.
  • Private Practice: Judicial Clerk, Judge J. Edward Lumbard, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York (1987-88); Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C. (1988-90).
  • Professional Affiliations: Order of the Coif, Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Introduction to American Law

Civil Procedure (4 credits) - LAW 5301

  • Analysis of a civil lawsuit from commencement through trial, including consideration of jurisdiction, venue, pleading, motions, discovery and joinder of parties and of claims; right to trial by jury, selection and instruction of jury, respective roles of judge, jury and lawyer; trial and post-trial motions; judgments.

Complex Litigation (3 credits) - LAW 6930

Conflicts of Law (3 credits) - LAW 6340

International Litigation & Arbitration (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6265

  • A consideration of several areas of dispute settlement and procedure when litigation and arbitration issues cross borders. Included is choice of law and forum, service of process, jurisdiction, act of state, foreign state immunity, proving foreign law, obtaining evidence from abroad, enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitration, enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • Federalism, Forum Shopping and the Foreign Injury Paradox, 51 William & Mary Law Review. 87 (2009)
  • National Interests, Foreign Injuries and Forum Non Conveniens, 41 University of California Davis Law Review. 559 (2007)
  • Congress, the Federal Courts, and Forum Non Conveniens: Friction on the Frontier of the Inherent Power, 91 Iowa Law Review. 1147 (2006)
  • Contemplating the Successive Prosecution Phenomenon in the Federal System, 85 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. 625 (1995)
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