James Pfander

Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law.

James Pfander is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law.  He has focused his teaching and research on federal jurisdiction and procedure, and much of his recent work deals with the history and structure of Article III of the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court of the United States in relation to inferior courts and tribunals. In 2009, Oxford University Press published his book on that subject, One Supreme Court: Supremacy, Inferiority, and the Judicial Power of the United States. Other books include Federal Courts:  Cases, Comments, and Questions (7th ed. 2011) (with Redish & Sherry), Principles of Federal Jurisdiction (2d ed. 2011) and Civil Procedure: A Modern Approach (5th ed. 2009) (with Marcus, Redish & Sherman). A member of the American Law Institute, Pfander currently serves as reporter/consultant to the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has served as chair of both the federal courts and civil procedure sections of the Association of American Law Schools.

  • J.D., University of Virginia

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Publications and Multimedia
A Distinct Judicial Power - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 05-22-12 featuring Scott Gerber and Jim Pfander
May 23, 2012