Alexandra D. Lahav is the Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Her research focuses on the American civil justice system. She has written about the democratic theory embodied in the civil justice system, the tension between liberty and equality in the use of statistical methods to determine damages awards, and the use of bellwether trials to resolve mass tort cases.
During her fellowship year, Lahav is working on a project aimed at understanding why tort law has been resistant to epidemiologic conceptions of risk and finding ways to bridge the disconnect between tort doctrine and modern understandings of scientific causation.
Lahav is the author of In Praise of Litigation (Oxford University Press, 2017), a book making the counter-intuitive case that litigation is a public good, which won the Civil Justice Scholarship Award from the Pound Civil Justice Institute and an honorable mention in the Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. She has also written more than 20 law review articles and is a coauthor of a popular civil procedure casebook. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Brown University.