New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century
Slamming the Federal Courthouse Doors?
Reviews and Awards
"This is a remarkable and much-needed defense of one of this country's most important historic rights, a citizen's ability to have his grievance against anyone-another citizen, a corporation, or the government-resolved on its merits by a meaningful day in court. It is a well-researched, literate, and constructive look at the important question of the quality of justice one receives in our federal courts." -Arthur R. Miller, University Professor, New York University School of Law
"Going far beyond the typical doctrinal analysis of the Twombly and Iqbal pronouncements from the Supreme Court, Dodson contributes his own careful work that combines doctrinal analysis with quantitative empirical exposition. My intuition is that it will send empiricists and other scholars scrambling to rethink their concepts and reanalyze their data." -Tom Willging, Senior Researcher, Federal Judicial Center (1984-2010) (retired) & Adjunct Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law
"Dodson skillfully places pleading rules in historic context, and accurately describes how recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and predecessor cases in lower federal courts, have tilted the scales of justice in a decidedly pro-defendant direction. His book should aid legal experts and others who study the impact of law to imagine and construct procedures that make it more likely that citizens actually receive the benefits intended by the applicable law." -Stephen N. Subrin, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
"Professor Dodson has written an important and engaging book about a critically important subject. He masterfully explores how the Supreme Court's bold revision of the traditional pleading rules has raised serious concerns that it has narrowed the passageway into court for many civil litigants." -Lonny Hoffman, George Butler Research Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center