Byron G. Stier
Co-Director of the Summer Law Program in Vancouver and Professor of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993, University of Pennsylvania; J.D., 1996, Harvard University; LL.M., 2005, and Hon. Abraham L. Freedman Fellow, 2003-05, Temple University; Member, New York State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-6809
An expert in mass tort litigation, Byron Stier has handled a number of controversial cases of national interest and brings his unique insider's perspective to the law classroom.
"Even though I love launching off into the stratosphere of theoretical debates, I always feel the need to come back to earth and discuss how this is going to affect the students and their future practices."
Professor Stier began his legal career in 1996 with the firm of Jones Day in New York. During his five years with the firm, where he primarily handled cases involving products liability and commercial litigation, he served on a lead counsel team that defended the tobacco industry against numerous class action lawsuits. In 2001, he joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as an associate in the firm's Complex Mass Torts and Insurance Group, where he represented a consumer product company in a federal multidistrict litigation concerning cough-cold medications and appetite suppressants.
Professor Stier left private practice in 2003 to return to academia as a fellow and lecturer at Temple University under the auspices of the Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program while completing his LL.M. degree. He taught civil procedure, legal research and writing, torts, ethical perspectives on the practice of law, and mass tort litigation. He teaches in similar areas as a member of the Southwestern faculty, which he joined in 2005, and serves as a faculty advisor to the Southwestern Law Review. He was named as the 2009 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in recognition of his outstanding service, teaching and scholarship.
A former senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Professor Stier has focused his current research and writing on mass tort litigation while proposing systemic reforms, and has been quoted on related issues in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as National Public Radio (NPR). He has also spoken at several law school symposia on the subject of mass torts and co-chaired a symposium on asbestos litigation in conjunction with the Southwestern Law Review.
Professor Stier aims to inspire students with his passion for both the intellectual possibilities and practical applications of the law. "Even though I love launching off into the stratosphere of theoretical debates," he explained, "I always feel the need to come back to earth and discuss how this is going to affect the students and their future practices."
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility as Quasi-Public Fund: Transparency and Independence in Claim Administrator Compensation, 30 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE SCHOOL OF LAW REVIEW 255 (Symposium Issue; 2011)
Promotion of Off-Label Use: In Favor of a Regulatory Retreat, 19 ALBANY LAW JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 609 (Symposium Issue, 2009)
Another Jackpot (In)Justice: Verdict Variability and Issue Preclusion in Mass Torts, 36 PEPPERDINE LAW REVIEW 715 (2009)
Crimtorts, Class Actions, and the Emerging Mass Tort Method, 17 WIDENER LAW JOURNAL 893 (Symposium Issue, 2008)
Now It's Personal: Punishment and Mass Tort Litigation After Philip Morris v. Williams, 2 CHARLESTON LAW REVIEW 433 (Symposium Issue, 2008)
Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation: Overview and Preview, 37 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 459 (Symposium Issue, 2008) (with A. Calnan)
Jackpot Justice: Verdict Variability and the Mass Tort Class Action, 80 TEMPLE LAW REVIEW 1013 (2007)
Phenylpropanolamine and Hemorrhagic Stroke in the Hemorrhagic Stroke Project: A Reappraisal in the Context of Science, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Law, 16 ANNALS EPIDEMIOLOGY 49 (2006) (with C. Hennekens)
Resolving the Class Action Crisis: Mass Tort Litigation as Network, 2005 UTAH LAW REVIEW 863 (2005)
Lawyers Are Much More Useful Than They Seem, 21 NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL A25 (1998) (with S. Bennett)