Georgene Vairo

For Prof. Vairo, Procedure a Means to an End

Professor Georgene Vairo is a dynamo of civil procedure who doubles as a highly sought-after expert on issues related to mass torts and complex litigation.

A member of the editorial board of Moore’s Federal Practice, for which she has written dozens of essays on topics such as summary judgment, she is a widely cited expert in newspapers on subjects related to civil litigation. She is a regular op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the National Law Journal.

Additionally, she is a member of the board of overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and a member of the American Law Institute. At Loyola, Vairo teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation in Federal Courts, Mass Tort Litigation and International Litigation, among other subjects. In 2011, she was named the David P. Leonard Chair in honor of the late associate dean and professor.

“I have always loved teaching Civil Procedure to first-year students,” she said. “I love spinning off a basic course the more complex aspects of civil dispute resolution. Ranging from federal subject matter jurisdiction to class actions and how to deal with mass torts, I like to think of myself as a dispute resolver rather than someone who puts fuel on the fire in a mess. My mission in life is to find out how I could use procedure to get the mess cleaned up as expeditiously and cost-efficiently as possible.”

A prolific writer and scholar, her law review articles include “Developments in the Law: International Litigation” in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review and “Why Me? The Role of Private Trustees in Complex Claims Resolution” in the Stanford Law Review. She constantly draws on developments in the law to keep her classes fresh.

“The law is always changing. Sometimes, even though I haven’t changed the name of the course, the course changes based on the new laws and disputes,” she said. “I know things are going to change and the mix of litigation makes the students needs always changing. I am doing something new every year.”

Before pursuing a law career, Vairo was a junior-high math teacher. After obtaining her master’s in education and then graduating first in her class at Fordham University School of Law, Vairo went from the classroom to the courthouse. She served as the first law clerk to Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, when he served on the District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She also was an associate specializing in antitrust law at the New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.