Myriam Gilles, Professor of Law, Former Vice Dean, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Myriam Gilles is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College and Yale Law School. Before becoming a professor, she was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis. She joined the faculty at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2000, and served as Vice Dean from 2016-2019. In 2018, Professor Gilles was named the Paul R. Verkuil Research Chair.
Professor Gilles specializes in class actions and aggregate litigation and has written extensively on forced arbitration clauses. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee (2013, 2017, 2019) and the House Judiciary Committee (2019 and 2020) on the impact of forced arbitration and class action bans, and before the Vermont Assembly (2017) and the Oregon Legislature (2018) on state law efforts to blunt the effect of these provisions. Professor Gilles also writes on civil rights and structural reform litigation, medical malpractice, access to justice and tort law. Her scholarly articles have appeared in the nation’s top law reviews, including Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia, Michigan, Penn, Texas, and Yale, and her work has been cited in numerous judicial decisions. She is the 5th most cited civil procedure scholar in the country, and an editor of an influential casebook in the field, Babcock, Massaro, Spaulding and Gilles, Civil Procedure: Cases and Problems (Wolters Kluwer, 7th ed.). Professor Gilles teaches Torts, Civil Procedure, Products Liability, and Complex Litigation, and was named “Best First Year Teacher” by the graduating class of 2019. She currently serves on the boards of the Justice Resource Center and Public Justice, on the board of advisors of the People’s Parity Project, and she is an Academic Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute and was elected to the American Law Institute in 2022.