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Don L. Doernberg
Professor of Law
BA, Yale University 1966
JD, Columbia University School of Law 1969
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Professor Don L. Doernberg joined the faculty in January 1979. From 1984 to 1986, he was a visiting professor at Hastings College of the Law and Santa Clara School of Law in California. He teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Federal Courts and Torts. His most recent book Sovereign Immunity or the Rule of Law: The New Federalism's Choice was published in March, 2005. The fourth edition of his casebook Federal Courts, Federalism and Separation of Powers was published in March 2008. The fifth edition (titled Federal Courts: A Contemporary Approach), now in West's Interactive Casebook Series, will be published in October, 2013. He has also written Identity Crisis: Federal Courts in a Psychological Wilderness, published in 2001, and is co-editor of Civil Procedure Anthology (1998). He has written extensively concerning the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts, the law of standing, the propriety of the federal courts creating common law and the historical and philosophical illegitimacy of the doctrines of sovereign immunity and official immunity in the United States. He has chaired the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Federal Courts and continues to serve as Secretary of the Section. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Before entering law teaching, Professor Doernberg taught seriously disturbed children for a year after law school and practiced law for nine years, first in private practice and then as Staff Attorney and Director of Special Litigation for the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society in New York City.
Professor Doernberg served as James D. Hopkins Chair in Law during the 2001–2003 academic years.