Allan Erbsen

  • Professor of Law
Professor Allan Erbsen
  • Harvard College, A.B.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.

Office: 336
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Allan Erbsen teaches and writes in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, and international arbitration.

Professor Erbsen was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 and the Stanley V. Kinyon Tenure-Track Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006. Two of his articles have been selected for presentation at the peer-reviewed Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. In 2015, he chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Procedure.

Professor Erbsen received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge Judith Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent six years in private practice at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in appellate litigation, international arbitration, and class actions. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Professor Erbsen was a Vanderbilt Fellow and Instructor in Law at Vanderbilt Law School. In Fall 2008, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

For further information on Professor Erbsen, please consult his PDF iconcurriculum vitae.


Federal and State Courts

Civil Procedure

Civil Procedure II - 1L

Civil Procedure II


Journal Articles

  • Wayfair Undermines Nicastro: The Constitutional Connection Between State Tax Authority and Personal Jurisdiction, 128 Yale Law Journal Forum 724 (2019)
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  • Personal Jurisdiction Based on the Local Effects of Intentional Misconduct, 57 William and Mary Law Review 385 (2015)
    | SSRN
  • Reorienting Personal Jurisdiction Doctrine Around Horizontal Federalism Rather than Liberty After Walden v. Fiore, 19 Lewis & Clark Law Review 769 (2015) (symposium contribution)
    | SSRN
  • Erie’s Four Functions: Reframing Choice of Law in Federal Courts, 89 Notre Dame Law Review 579 (2013)
    | SSRN
  • Erie’s Starting Points: The Potential Role of Default Rules in Structuring Choice of Law Analysis, 10 Journal of Law, Economics & Policy 125 (2013) (symposium contribution)
    | SSRN
  • Constitutional Spaces, 95 Minnesota Law Review 1168 (2011)
    | SSRN
  • Impersonal Jurisdiction, 60 Emory Law Journal 1 (2010)
    | SSRN
  • Horizontal Federalism, 93 Minnesota Law Review 493 (2008) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (June 2008))
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  • From “Predominance” to “Resolvability”: A New Approach to Regulating Class Actions, 58 Vanderbilt Law Review 995 (2005) (selected for Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum (May 2005))
    | SSRN

Book Chapters

  • The Substance and Illusion of Lex Sportiva, in The Court of Arbitration for Sport, 1984-2004 (Ian S. Blackshaw, Robert C.R. Siekmann & Janwillem Soek, eds., TMC Asser Press, 2006), reprinted in Lex Sportiva: What is Sports Law? (Robert C. R. Siekmann & Janwillem Soek, eds., Springer, 2012)

CLE Materials

  • Everything Else in Rule 12, Quick-Draw Litigation (Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2019) Kelvin D. Collado

Other Publications

  • An Anti-Doping Agenda for the Next Olympics, 15 For The Record (National Sports Law Institute, Marquette Law School) 6 (Oct./Dec. 2004)
  • Recent Case, 109 Harvard Law Review 524 (1995) (discussing state liability for private acts of violence)

Contact Information

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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