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S. Alan Childress

Conrad Meyer III Professor of Civil Procedure
BA, 1979, University of Alabama; JD, 1982, Harvard University; MA, 1986, PhD, 1995, University of California at Berkeley 

E-mail:  achildr@tulane.edu
Telephone: 504.865.5829
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Room 351-A

 
 
 
Biography:
 
Alan Childress’ specialties are the legal profession and professional responsibility, along with appellate courts. He also teaches torts and evidence and has written about jurisdiction and the First Amendment.

He is co-author of a three-volume treatise, Federal Standards of Review (LexisNexis, 4th ed. 2010), and co-editor of The Legal Profession Blog, which has been named to the ABA Journal’s “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.” His annotated version of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ The Common Law was published in 2010.

Childress, who joined the Tulane Law faculty in 1988, clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry Politz of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. His dissertation analyzed the roles of judges and juries in constitutional adjudication.  
 

Courses:
Fall 2014 - Torts; Evidence
Spring 2015 - Sabbatical 

 


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Articles

Revolving Trapdoors: Preserving Sufficiency Review of the Civil Jury After Unitherm and Amended Rule 50, 26 REV. OF LITIG. 239 (2007)

Lawyers, in 2 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAW AND SOCIETY: AMERICAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES (D. Clark, ed. 2007)

Standards of Review Primer: Federal Civil Appeals, 229 F.R.D. 267 (2005)

Taking Jury Verdicts Seriously, 54 SMU L. Rev. 1739 (2001)
Jury Verdicts: The Whole Greater Than Pieces, 53 SMU L. REV. 1539 (2000)
The “Soft Science” of Discretion: A Reply to Ghosh's “Scientific Validity”, 8 THE DIGEST 31 (2000)
Appellate Jurisdiction, Procedure and Standards of Review (with D. Pearce-Reggio), 15 FIFTH CIR. REP. 459 (West 1998)
Appellate Jurisdiction, Procedure and Standards of Review (with D. Pearce-Reggio), 15 FIFTH CIR. REP. 331 (West 1998)
Jury Review in Diversity Cases: An Erie Update, 4 THE DIGEST 39 (1996)
The Empty Concept of Self-Censorship, 70 TUL. L. REV. 1969 (1996)
Constitutional Fact and Process: A First Amendment Model of Censorial Discretion, 70 TUL. L. REV. 1229 (1996)
A 1995 Primer on Standards of Review in Federal Civil Appeals, 161 F.R.D. 123 (1995)
Judicial Review and Diversity Jurisdiction: Solving an Irrepressible Erie Mystery?, 47 SMU L. REV. 271 (1994)
Sanctions on Appeal: An Outline of Rules and Recent Cases (with T. Allbritton), 10 FIFTH CIR. RPTR. 687 (1993)
Federal Standards of Review: FELA and Jones Act Cases (with M. Davis), 4 MAR. L. REP. 88 (1993)
Federal Standards of Review: Negligence and Causation in Tort and Admiralty (with M. Davis), 4 MAR. L. REP. 84 (1993)
Federal Summary Judgments on Appeal: Jurisdiction and Review, 9 FIFTH CIR. RPTR. 513 (1992)
The First Amendment (Fifth Circuit Survey: June 1987 - May 1988), 20 TEX. TECH L. REV. 477 (1989)
A Standards of Review Primer: Federal Civil Appeals, 125 F. R. D. 319 (1989)
The First Amendment (Fifth Circuit Survey: June 1986-May 1987), 19 TEX. TECH. L. REV. 693 (1988)
The First Amendment (Fifth Circuit Survey: July 1985-May 1986), 18 TEX. TECH L. REV. 587 (1987)
A New Era for Summary Judgments: Recent Shifts at the Supreme Court, 116 F.R.D. 183; and 6 U.TEX. REV. LITIG. 263 (1987)
"Clearly Erroneous": Judicial Review over District Courts in the Eighth Circuit and Beyond, 51 MO. L. REV. 93 (1986)
The First Amendment (Fifth Circuit Survey: July 1984-June 1985), 17 TEX. TECH L. REV. 615
Standards of Review in Criminal Appeals: Fifth Circuit Illustration and Analysis (with M. Davis), 60 TUL. L. REV. 461 (1986)
Standards of Review in Eleventh Circuit Civil Appeals, 9 NOVA L.J. 257 (1985)
The Baby and the Bathwater: Developing a Positive Socratic Method, 18 THE LAW TEACHER 95 (1984)
The Hazards of Computer-Assisted Research to the Legal Profession, 55 OKLA. B. J. 1531 (1984)
Standards of Review in Federal Civil Appeals: Fifth Circuit Illustration and Analysis, 29 LOY. L. REV. 851 (1983)
Supernatural Influence upon Hector and Astyanax in Seneca's Troades, 57 CLASSICAL BULLETIN 73 (1981)
Appellate Jurisdiction, Procedure and Standards of Review (with D. Pearce-Reggio), 16 FIFTH CIR. REP. 105 (West)12/98
Appellate Jurisdiction, Procedure and Standards of Review (with D. Pearce-Reggio), 15 FIFTH CIR. REP. 107 (West) 12/97

For media inquiries, contact:
Linda P. Campbell
Director of Communications
tel 504.865.5976
linda.campbell@tulane.edu



 
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