Stephen B. Burbank is the David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
He teaches and writes about civil procedure, complex litigation, international civil litigation, judicial administration, judicial behavior, and judicial independence and accountability.
He has served as Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (five times), the University of Michigan, Goethe University (Frankfurt) and has lectured widely in Europe. In 2013 he will serve as a Herbert Smith Visitor to the Faculty of Law in the University of Cambridge.
A graduate of Harvard Law School in 1973 (first in the class), Burbank was law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1974- 75 and served as the first General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1980.
He has been reporter of judicial discipline rules for the Third Circuit and of that circuit's task force to study Rule 11, was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve as a member of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal and was a principal author of the Commission’s Report.
He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and for many years served on the Board and Executive Committee of the American Judicature Society and chaired AJS’ Editorial Committee. Burbank also served as Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is currently a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin.
A consultant to Dechert LLP and other firms on complex litigation, Burbank has conducted scores of mediations and arbitrations and, having served for nine years as Special Master of the National Football League, is the System Arbitrator of the NFL.more » « less