Author of the Week: Professor Beth Thornburg from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Professor Thornburg teaches and writes in the area of civil procedure. Drawing on her experience with civil rights and commercial litigation, her scholarship focuses on the procedural fairness of the litigation process, especially at the pleadings, discovery, and jury charge stages. She also writes and speaks in the areas of comparative procedure, judicial ethics, online dispute resolution, and the intersection of law and culture. Professor Thornburg teaches Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Complex Litigation, Texas procedure, Remedies, and an advanced procedure seminar. To learn more about her, visit her website at

Removal and Remand: The Basics

This lesson is designed to help students understand the basics of three statutes that govern the removal of civil actions from state to federal court: 28 U.S.C. § 1441 (removal of civil actions), § 1446 (removal procedure) and § 1447 (procedure after removal). It consists of both explanatory text and problems and is divided into three sections. Students can complete all three sections at the same time or do each section separately.

Author of the Week: Allan Stein from Rutgers Law School

Allan Stein is Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, where he teaches Civil Procedure and Federal Courts. He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas, NYU, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Stein is the co-author of Civil Procedure: Theory and Practice (Wolters Kluwer, 5th Ed) (with Linda Silberman and Tobias Wolff). He has written extensively on personal jurisdiction and related court-access doctrines, including articles in the Yale, Texas, Pennsylvania and Northwestern Law Reviews. He is a graduate of NYU Law School and Haverford College.


This lesson teaches and reviews the concept of venue, both generally and under federal law. There is also a brief discussion of venue under state law and common law.

Author of the Week: Professor Cynthia Ho from Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Professor Cynthia Ho is the Director of the Intellectual Property Program at Loyola University Chicago. She teaches courses in Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Comparative Patent Law, Policy and Health Care, as well as Civil Procedure. Professor Ho has been a faculty member at Loyola since 1997. In addition, she taught at Emory School of Law during Spring 2005.

Professor Ho strives to foster improved understanding of the law through a variety of means, including traditional publications, as well as providing input to government organizations. She has written articles on various aspects of intellectual property law that have appeared in major law reviews, and been cited in several intellectual property and patent law case books as well as in international reports. She has also authored several interactive lessons in patent law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), which are available to law students nationwide.

She has made particular contributions in the area of international intellectual property, as well as patent issues involving biotechnology or health policy. For example, she has served as a consultant to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on an issue at the interface of international patent law and biotechnology and has provided consultation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, she has authored articles on international intellectual property issues in biotechnology for an Encyclopedia on Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology. She provided input, together with Visiting Professor Matthew Herder, to the South African government regarding proposed regulations that mirror the prop rights (PDF). She also wrote an accessible book on the impact of patent and related rights on access to medicine in the global arena to help scholars and students from a variety of disciplines, as well as policy makers.

In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Ho is involved in mentoring students as they seek educational and employment opportunities in intellectual property law. For example, she works with the Career Resources office to prepare students for the Loyola Patent Interview Program, the largest national interview program for patent jobs. She is also a member of the executive board of the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA), an organization of law firms, corporations and law schools that provides educational opportunities, including "IP Day," which features prominent speakers from the federal government, judiciary, and even international agencies. In addition, Professor Ho co-founded the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium, which exposes a select group of students from Loyola and Chicago-Kent to leading academic experts and prominent practitioners in the field. More information on this program is available at

Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Professor Ho was an associate at Fish & Neave (now the Fish & Neave IP group of Ropes & Gray). She handled a variety of matters including litigating high-technology cases involving patents, trade secrets and unfair competition. In addition, as a member of the Patent Bar, she drafted and prosecuted patent applications both domestically and internationally involving medical, immunological and mechanical inventions.

Author of the Week: Professor Nicholas L. Georgakopoulos from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Professor Georgakopoulos produces scholarship in the intersection of business and uncertainty. He is the author of The Logic of Securities Law (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press); Principles and Methods of Law and Economics (Cambridge Univ. Press. 2005), a coauthor of the multi-volume Blumberg on Corporate Groups, and numerous articles that have received broad citation, including by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

He is active in the American Law Institute, the American Law & Economics Association, and the European Association of Law & Economics. He is also a founding member of the Midwestern Law & Economics Association and has served as an adviser to the Capital Markets Commission of Greece.

Author of the Week: Professor Linda Jellum from Mercer University School of Law

Linda Jellum is the Ellison C. Palmer Professor of Tax. She teaches Tax Courses, Administrative Law, and Statutory Interpretation. In addition to teaching, Professor Jellum is a prolific scholar and has written extensively in the areas of Tax Law, Administrative Law, and Statutory Interpretation. Her numerous articles have appeared in top law journals, such as the Miami Law Review, the Virginia Tax Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal.  She has also authored multiple books and book chapters on statutory interpretation.

Professor Jellum has been a leader in legal education. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. Formerly, she served as the Deputy Director for the Association of American Law Schools, and she is currently an officer for the American Bar Association Section’s on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Jellum worked for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. While there, she served as lead attorney for the Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to working as an assistant attorney general, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul Yesawich.

Professor Jellum received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She has the unique honor of having sat for and passed five states’ bar exams.

Author of the Week: Professor Raneta Mack from Creighton University School of Law

Professor of Law, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, cum laude, and her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo. 
Professor Mack joined the Creighton University School of Law in 1991, after serving as an associate with the law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, where her practice focused primarily on litigation and bankruptcy law.

At the law school, Professor Mack teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, and Comparative Criminal Procedure. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to deliver lectures on money laundering and its role in global terrorism.
Professor Mack has published articles on several criminal law related issues including concealed weapons laws, money laundering, bias in the criminal justice system, and problems with the Federal Witness Protection Program. She has also published articles on a variety of computer technology issues including the legal implications of adopting digital signatures, the use of technology to promote alternative dispute resolution, and computer crime statutes in the United States.

Professor Mack is the author of five books, “A Layperson’s Guide to Criminal Law” (1999), “The Digital Divide: Standing at the Intersection of Race and Technology” (2001), “Equal Justice in the Balance: America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat” (with co-author Michael J. Kelly) (2004), “Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies (2008) and “A Criminal Procedure Anthology: Cases, Readings and Comparative Perspectives (2013).

Professor Mack also provides expert commentary to the local and national media on criminal law, white collar crime and computer technology related issues. 

Author of the Week: Professor Tom Lininger from The University of Oregon School of Law

Professor Lininger grew up in southern Oregon. He earned his undergraduate degree at Yale, and his law degree at Harvard. He has worked as a federal prosecutor, as counsel to a subcommittee in the U.S. Senate, and as a litigation attorney with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in San Francisco. Lininger joined the UO faculty in 2003.

One of Lininger’s research’s interests is the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, particularly the application of the clause to prosecutions of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Bonnie Campbell, the former director of the U.S. Violence Against Women Office, commended Lininger as a "national leader in the prosecution of domestic violence." He has authored legislation that addresses the unique challenges faced by complainants in prosecutions of domestic violence and rape. In 2006, Senator Joseph Biden's staff invited Lininger to participate in a work group advising the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on legislative strategies to meet the Supreme Court's new confrontation requirements for hearsay in criminal prosecutions. Lininger’s research on domestic violence and sexual assault has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Lininger’s latest research focuses on the intersection of environmental law, ethics and criminal procedure. As a former prosecutor of environmental crime and a plaintiff’s attorney who sued polluters, Lininger is interested in customizing ethical and procedural rules for the unique context of environmental advocacy. Lininger has served on the state board of directors for the Oregon Natural Resources Council. He is the ethics advisor for the Sustainable Future Section of the Oregon Bar, and he is a member of the Ethics Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. Lininger has recently presented his environmental scholarship at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Washington, Utah and SMU, as well as at conferences sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association.

Lininger’s scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the Virginia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Tulane Law Review and the Stanford Law and Policy Review, among other journals.

The University of Oregon has given Lininger awards for teaching, scholarship and service.  In 2006, Lininger received the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2008, he received the Lokey Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2010, he won the Hollis Teaching Award.  In 2017, he received “Pillar of the Community”Award.