Jaime L. Dodge

Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College
M.D.R., Pepperdine University
J.D., Harvard University


Dispute Resolution & Systems Design
Complex Litigation
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation

Biographical Information: 

Jaime L. Dodge joined Georgia Law in 2011 as an assistant professor teaching Complex Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Dispute Resolution and Systems Design.

Prior to coming to UGA, Dodge served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, where she taught Cross-Border Class Actions and Aggregate Dispute Resolution: Public and Private Process Design Seminar. She has also served as an international visiting assistant professor at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, where she taught Cross-Border Financial Services Litigation and Aggregate Litigation, as well as lectured on the emerging role of tribunals.

Before teaching, Dodge practiced law for a number of years with Paul Hastings and later Gibson Dunn, where she represented clients at all phases of the litigation process. Dodge specialized in class action appeals and participated in successful challenges to two of the largest employment classes ever certified. At Gibson, she discovered her passion for the resolution of mass-claims, leading her to focus on mass-claims settlement and claims administration. A past fellow at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, she has also served as a consultant on dispute resolution systems design and implementation for a variety of local, state, national and international organizations, including as a mediator and arbitrator.  Among other work, Dodge has served as an adviser to a working group aiding a Middle Eastern nation in establishing new dispute resolution systems and as a trainer for international groups of governmental officials and judges. She also worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee on its dispute resolution protocols.  

Dodge's scholarship focuses on how the structure of procedural regimes, from aggregate litigation to alternative dispute resolution models, affects the exercise of rights and enforcement of substantive law.  A panel of scholars drawn from the Yale, Harvard and Stanford faculty recognized Dodge’s scholarship as among the best by a tenure-track professor in civil procedure and dispute resolution, and she was one of two selected for presentation at the Stanford/Harvard/Yale Forum.  Her work has been published in the Harvard Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review and the Minnesota Law Review.  In addition, last year, the Emory Law Journal published a special issue dedicated to Dodge’s contributions to reconceptualizing aggregate litigation. She has also been featured in articles on employment law, bankruptcy and complex litigation by a variety of media outlets, including CNN and National Public Radio.

Dodge currently serves as the co-reporter for the ABA's Working Group on White Collar Crime, Asset Forfeiture, and Business Bankruptcy.  She was also the first professor selected for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation program.

Dodge holds a B.A. in Psychology and International Development from Dartmouth College and a Master in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.  Dodge earned her J.D. from Harvard, where she served as the Supreme Court chairwoman of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

In her free time, Dodge serves on the Board of Directors of Random Acts, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and performing acts of kindness around the world.

Publications & Activities


Reconceptualizing Non-Article III Tribunals, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 905 (2015).

Facilitative Judging: Organizational Design in Mass-Multidistrict Litigation, 64 Emory L.J. 329 (2014) (Thrower Symposium).

Privatizing Mass Settlement, 90 Notre Dame L. Rev. 335 (2014) (invited article).

Disaggregative Mechanisms: Mass-Claims Resolution Without Class Actions, 63 Emory L.J. 1253 (2014) (keynote article).

The Limits of Procedural Private Ordering, 97 Va. L. Rev. 724 (2011).

Jurisdiction in Bankruptcy Proceedings: A Test Case for Implied Repeal of the Federal Arbitration Act, 117 Harv. L. Rev. 2296 (2004).


Editor-in-Chief, MDL Standards and Best Practices, Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Co-reporter, Subcommittee on White Collar Crime, Asset Forfeiture, and Business Bankruptcy, Business Law Section, American Bar Association