Civil Procedure Workshop

PLEASE NOTE: At this time we have decided to postpone the conference to a later date due to the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

September 25-26, 2020

The Sixth Annual Civil Procedure Workshop gives both emerging and established civil-procedure scholars an opportunity to gather with colleagues and present their work to an expert audience. Scholars will present their papers in small panel sessions. A senior scholar will moderate each panel and lead the commentary. In addition to paper presentations, we intend to engage members of the judiciary and federal civil rulemaking bodies in discussions about current developments in procedure. Our ongoing goal is for the CPW to strengthen the study of procedure as an academic discipline, and to deepen ties among the academy, rulemakers, and the judiciary.

Call for Papers

We welcome all civil procedure scholars to attend. Those wishing to present a paper for discussion should submit a two-page abstract by March 13, 2020. While we welcome papers from both emerging and senior scholars, preference may be given to those who have been teaching for less than ten years. We will select papers to be presented by April 24, 2020. Please send all submissions to


The CPW will provide meals for registrants. Participants must cover travel and lodging costs. We will provide information about reasonably priced hotels as the date approaches. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Professor Zachary Clopton (Northwestern) at

Confirmed participants for 2020 include Pamela Bookman, Maureen Carroll, Zachary Clopton, Brooke Coleman, Myriam Gilles, David Marcus, James Pfander, Elizabeth Porter, Martin Redish, Alexander Reinert, Joanna Schwartz, and Diego Zambrano.