Prof. Steven Gensler
Welcome DeVier Pierson Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law
Past Member, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules
Steven Gensler is the Welcome DeVier Pierson Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Conflict of Laws, Electronic Discovery, ADR, and other courses. He served as a member of the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee from 2005-2011 and was the Supreme Court Fellow at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts from 2003-2004. He is the author of a widely-cited treatise on federal-court procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Rules and Commentary (Thomson Reuters), Volume 11 of Moore’s Federal Practice (Rule 56), and an upcoming Moore’s Federal Practice primer on the 2015 amendments to the Civil Rules. Gensler is a member of the American Law Institute Council and currently serves as Co-Reporter for the Duke Law Judicial Studies Center Guidelines and Practices for Implementing the 2015 Discovery Amendments to Achieve Proportionality.
HON. Lee H. Rosenthal
United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas
Past Chair, U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure
Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division in 1992. Before then, she was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and served as law clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In addition to serving as a district court judge for over 22 years, Judge Rosenthal has been invited to sit by designation with courts of appeals around the country, including the Fifth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Sixth Circuit.
Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003. In 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates and oversees the work of the Advisory Committees for the Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. That appointment was extended through October 1, 2011.
Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she served as an advisor for the Employment Law project, the Aggregate Litigation project, and the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council and from 2011 to 2015 served as chair of the Projects Committee. In 2015, Judge Rosenthal was elected as the ALI’s Second Vice-President. Judge Rosenthal has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and discovery.
Judge Rosenthal serves on the Board of Trustees of Rice University, chairing the Academic Affairs Committee, and on the Board of Trustees for the Baylor College of Medicine. She is a past president of the District Judges’ Association of the Fifth Circuit. Judge Rosenthal is the 2012 recipient of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics given by the American Inns of Court.
In 2014, Judge Rosenthal was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Judge Rosenthal and her husband have four daughters.