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Stephen C. Yeazell

David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus

Stephen C. Yeazell B.A. Swarthmore, 1967
M.A. English and Comparative Literature, Columbia, 1968
J.D. Harvard, 1974
UCLA Law faculty since 1975
yeazell@law.ucla.edu
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Stephen Yeazell writes about the history and theory of procedure and about the dynamics of modern civil litigation. He teaches courses that correspond to these interests: Civil Procedure, Contemporary Civil Litigation, and International Civil Litigation. He has received the campus’s highest awards for his teaching (the University's Distinguished Teaching Award) as well as for his research (the UCLA Faculty Research Lectureship); he was also the first recipient of the School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He has served as Associate Dean of the School of Law, as Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate, and as Interim Dean of the School of Law.  

Before studying law, Professor Yeazell did graduate work in English literature and taught English and history in junior high schools in New York City, an experience, he reports, that has made him appreciate the relative calm of even the feistiest law school class. After law school, he clerked for Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court.

Professor Yeazell's books include From Medieval Group Litigation to the Modern Class Action (1987); Civil Procedure (7th ed., 2008), and Contemporary Civil Litigation (2009).  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Science.