Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Bryant G. Garth

Bryant G. Garth

Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, with highest honors in American Studies, 1972, Yale University; J.D., 1975, Stanford University; Ph.D., European Doctorate in Law, 1979, European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Member, California and Indiana State Bars

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One of the leading international scholars on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization and the rule of law, Bryant G. Garth served as the tenth Dean of Southwestern from July 2005 to July 2012. Under his leadership, the law school advanced at an accelerated pace in virtually all areas, including curricular innovations, student services, faculty and staff development, fund raising, diversity, academic support, reputation with legal education and the profession, and campus enhancement and expansion.

"We have an inspiring, vibrant, collaborative community of dedicated legal scholars and students with an exceptionally dedicated staff. I feel very privileged to have served as dean during this momentous time in the law school's history, and I am very grateful to all the members of the Southwestern family for so enthusiastically embracing and contributing to our commitment to excellence and innovation."

He spearheaded historic initiatives in many important areas, from partnerships with world renowned academic institutions such as The Drucker Graduate School of Management, to the construction of the law school's first on-campus student housing complex. He also enjoyed teaching every first-year student during his special sessions on professionalism and building a career in the law.

In announcing his decision to return to teaching and research after seven years in the post, Dean Garth said, "Southwestern is in very solid shape and on a nice trajectory, with exciting new developments in the academic program, campus expansion, and institutional partnerships. We have an inspiring, vibrant, collaborative community of dedicated legal scholars and students with an exceptionally dedicated staff. I feel very privileged to have served as dean during this momentous time in the law school's history, and I am very grateful to all the members of the Southwestern family for so enthusiastically embracing and contributing to our commitment to excellence and innovation."

Among the numerous accomplishments that marked Dean Garth's tenure are: recruiting an impressive cadre of young rising stars and nationally recognized senior scholars to the faculty; significantly increasing scholarship and grant support for entering and continuing students; creating an open, supportive student-centered environment that significantly increased student satisfaction levels in relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students as well as overall experience; establishing three new clinics for Children's Rights, Immigration Law and Street Law; creating unique partnerships with the internationally recognized Drucker Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University and the Pardee RAND Graduate School for concurrent degree and certificate programs; expanding resources and emphasis in the academic support program and public service program; expanding support for faculty scholarship and interdisciplinary research; advancing the entertainment law program through innovations such as the first online LL.M. in entertainment and media law; creating the first three track first-year legal research and writing program to provide students with a choice of an appellate, negotiation or trial advocacy focus; revamping and expanding the upper division curriculum with major capstone courses, intersessions and mini-course offerings; taking a national leadership role in curriculum reform; building the school's first on-campus student housing complex; doubling the alumni participation rate in annual donations; hosting more than 40 annual alumni events throughout the country; and initiating a successful capital campaign supporting faculty chairs, student support and campus expansion; among many other advancements.

Proficient in four foreign languages, Dean Garth was editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of International Studies and went on to serve as a judicial clerk to Judge Robert Peckham of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. In 1979, he joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, where he taught civil procedure, legal profession, international and comparative law and human rights, and served as Dean from 1986 to 1990.

Dean Garth was appointed in 1990 as the Director of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), the independent nonprofit research center established by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the empirical study of law, legal institutions and legal processes. Under his guidance over the next 14 years, the Foundation became a preeminent resource for lawyers, scholars, legal educators, and policy makers throughout the world. He was then recruited to serve as the tenth dean of Southwestern.

The author or co-author of more than 20 books and 107 articles, Dean Garth is co-editor of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Journal of Legal Education and chaired the AALS Committee on Research in 2007-08. His own research focus has been on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization and the rule of law. Drawing on this expertise, he has served as a consultant to such entities as the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and major philanthropic foundations. In recent years, Dean Garth has addressed more than 100 forums across the U.S. as well as more than a dozen foreign countries. He has held numerous leadership positions within the ABA and the AALS, currently chairing the Advisory Board of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement and serving on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the pioneering "After the J.D." study of lawyer careers.


Books and Chapters


LAWYERS AND THE RULE OF LAW IN AN ERA OF GLOBALIZATION (editor with Y. Dezalay; Routledge, 2011)

ASIAN LEGAL REVIVALS: LAWYERS IN THE SHADOW OF EMPIRE (with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, 2010)

THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF PALACE WARS (with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, 2002) Korean translation (Greentree Publishing, 2007)

DISPUTE RESOLUTION ETHICS: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE (editor with P. Bernard; American Bar Association, 2002)

LOOKING BACK AT LAW'S CENTURY (editor with A. Sarat and R. Kagan; Cornell University Press, 2002)

THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF PALACE WARS: LAWYERS, ECONOMISTS AND THE CONTEST TO TRANSFORM LATIN AMERICAN STATES (with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, 2002; Spanish translation, Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos, 2002; French translation, Seuil, 2002)


HOW DOES LAW MATTER? (editor with A. Sarat; Northwestern University Press, 1998)

JUSTICE AND POWER IN SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES (editor with A. Sarat; Northwestern University Press, 1998)


Lawyers and Transformations of the Fields of State Power: Osmosis, Hysteresis, and Aggiornamento in LAW IN THE FORMATION OF MODERN EUROPE (M. Madsen, ed.; with Y. Dezalay; Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Progressive Law vs. the Critique of Law and Development: Strategies of Double Agency Revisited in LAW IN TRANSITION: HUMAN RIGHTS, DEVELOPMENT, AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE (R. Buchanan and P. Zumbansen, eds.; forthcoming)

Elite European Lawyers? The Common Market as New Golden Age or Missed Opportunity in TRANSNATIONAL POWER ELITES: THE EUROPEAN COMPLEX IN THE GLOBAL FIELD OF POWER (N. Kauppi and M. Madsen, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Routledge, 2013)

Lost in Translation: On the Failed Encounter Between Bourdieu and Law and Society Scholarship and Their Respective Blindnesses in CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: LIBER AMERICORUM FOR DAVE TRUBEK (G. de Burca, C. Kilpatrick and J. Scott, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Hart, 2013)

Marketing Professional Expertise by (Re)Inventing States: Professional Rivalries between Lawyers and Economists as Hegemonic Strategies in the International Market for the Reproduction of National State Elites in DEVELOPMENT AND SEMI-PERIPHERY: POST-NEOLIBERAL TRAJECTORIES IN SOUTH AMERICA AND CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE (R. Boschi and C. Santana, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Anthem Press, 2012)

Process, People, Power and Policy: Empirical Studies of Civil Procedure and Courts in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL RESEARCH (P. Crane and H. Kritzer, eds.; with C. Menkel-Meadow; Oxford University Press, 2010)

Pro Bono as an Elite Strategy in Early Legal Careers in PRIVATE LAWYERS AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST: THE EVOLVING ROLE OF PRO BONO IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION (R. Granfield and L. Mather, eds.; with R. Dinovitzer; Oxford University Press, 2009)

Comment: A Revival of Access-to-Justice Research Symposium on 'Access to Justice' in SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME, LAW AND DEVIANCE Vol. 12 (R. L. Sandefur, ed.; Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2009)

Derechos humanos y filanthropía hegemonic, ANTROPOLOGÍA DE LAS ELITES ETNOGRAFÍAS CONTEMPORÁNEA (with Y. Dezalay; August 2009)

From the Foreign Policy Establishment to the Legalization of Foreign Policy in THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF LAW IN AMERICA Vol. III (with Y. Dezalay; M. Grossberg and C. Tomlins, eds.; Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Law, Lawyers & Empire in THE CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF LAW IN AMERICA, VOL. III (with Y. Dezalay; Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Merchants of Law as Moral Entrepreneurs: Constructing International Justice from the Competition for Transnational Business Disputes in ANALYZING LAW'S REACH: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON LAW AND SOCIETY, American Bar Foundation (with Y. Dezalay; American Bar Association, 2008)

National Usages for a 'Global' Science: The Dissemination of New Economic Paradigms as a Hegemonic Global Strategy and a National Strategy for the Reproduction of Governing Elites in GLOBAL SCIENCE AND NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY: STUDIES IN HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE 143 (G. Mallard, C. Paradeise and A. Perrbaye, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Routledge, 2008)

The Globalization of Law in THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF LAW AND POLITICS 245 (K. Whittington, D. Kelemen and G. Caldeira, eds.; Oxford University Press, 2008)




International Strategies and Local Transformations: Preliminary Observations of the Position of Law in the Field of State Power in Asia in RAISING THE BAR: THE EMERGING LEGAL PROFESSION IN EAST ASIA (W. Alford and S. Miyazawa, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Harvard University Press, 2005)

Patterns of Foreign Legal Investment and State Transformation in Latin America in LEGAL CULTURE IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION (L. Friedman and R. Perez Perdomo, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Stanford University Press (in English) and UNAM-Mexico City (in Spanish), 2002)

Dollarizing State and Professional Expertise: Transnational Processes and Questions of Legitimation in State Transformation, 1960-2000 in TRANSNATIONAL LEGAL PROCESS (M. Likosky and J. Perkovitch, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Butterworths, 2002)

Of Brain Surgeons and Barber Shops: The Economic Impact of MDPs on the Legal Profession and Legal Practice in MULTIDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIPS: LAWYERS, CONSULTANTS, AND CLIENTS (S. McGarry, eds.; with C. Silver; Law Journal Press, 2002)

The Big Five versus Big Law: Confrontational Rhetoric in the Service of Legitimating Shifting Relationships between Business and Law in THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE PRACTICE OF LAW (J. Drolshammer and M. Pfeifer, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Kluwer Law International, 2001)

Constructing Law Out of Power: Investing in Human Rights as an Alternative Political Strategy in CAUSE LAWYERING AND THE STATE IN GLOBAL CONTEXT (A. Sarat and S. Scheingold, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Oxford University Press, 2001)

The Import and Export of Law and Legal Institutions: International Strategies in National Palace Wars, in ADAPTING LEGAL CULTURES (J. Feest and D. Nelkin, eds.; with Y. Dezalay; Hart Publishing, 2001)

Comparative Law and the Legal Profession: Notes Toward a Reorientation of Research in LAWYERS' PRACTICES AND IDEALS (J. Barcelo and R. Crampton, eds.; Kluwer Law International, 1999)

Droits humins I filanthropia hegemonica in SOCIETAT CIVIL I TRANSFORMACIO DE L'ESTAT AL LLINDAR DEL SEGLE XXI (P. Casanovas ed.; with Y. Dezalay; Fundacio Caixa de Sabadell, 1999)


Buyers' Remorse? An Empirical Assessment of the Desirability of a Lawyer Career', 63 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 211 (with R. Dinovitzer and J. Sterling; 2013)

Crises, Crisis Rhetoric, and Competition in Legal Education: A Sociological Perspective on the (Latest) Crisis of the Legal Profession and Legal Education, 24 STANFORD LAW AND POLICY REVIEW 503 (2013)

Introduction: The Women at the United States Supreme Court and Panel Discussion Featuring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 501 (Fall 2013)

Corporate Law Firms, NGOs, and Issues of Legitimacy for a Global Legal Order, 80 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 2309 (with Y. Dezalay; 2012)

Introduction: Symposium on Exploring Power, Agency and Action in a World of Moving Frontiers, 41 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 211 (2012)

From MacCrate to Carnegie: Very Different Movements for Curricular Reform, 17 THE JOURNAL OF THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE (Symposium Issue: Yes, We CArNegie! Conference; 2011)

Hegemonic Battles, Professional Rivalries, and the International Division of Labor in the Market for the Import and Export of State-Governing Expertise, INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (with Y. Dezaly; 2011)

State Politics and Legal Markets, 10 COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY 38 (with Y. Dezalay; 2011)

Marketing and Selling Transnational 'Judges' and Global 'Experts': Building the Credibility of (Quasi)Judicial Regulation, 8 SOCIO-ECONOMIC REVIEW 113 (with Y. Dezalay, 2010)

Derechos Humanos y Filanthropia Hegemonica, 4 ETNOGRAFIAS CONTEMPORANEAS 47 (with Y. Dezalay; 2009)

Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love, 22 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 1361 (with J. Sterling; 2009)

The Economy of Legal Practice as a Symbolic Market: Legal Value as the Product of Social Capital, Universal Knowledge, and State Authority, ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY: THE EUROPEAN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER 8 (with Y. Dezalay; July 2009)

Not That Into You, AMERICAN LAWYER 57 (with R. Dinovitzer; September 2009)

L'imperialism moral: Les jurists et imperialisme americain; (Philippines, Indonesia), 171-172 ACTES DE LA RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES SOCIALES 40 (with Y. Dezalay; March 2008)

Lawyer Satisfaction in the Process of Structuring Legal Careers, 41 LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 1 (with R. Dinovitzer; 2007)

Introduction: Taking New Legal Realism to Transnational Issues and Institutions, 31 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 939 (2007)

Rebuilding International Law after the September 11 Attack: Contrasting Agendas of High Priests and Legal Realists, 4 LOYOLA INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW 3-11 (2007)

The Changing Social Role of Urban Law Schools, 389 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 36 (with J. Sterling and R. Dinovitzer, 2007)

Exporting and Importing Democracy and the Rule of Law: Understanding Colonial Processes and their Impacts, NACLA REPORT ON THE AMERICAS (January/February 2007)

From the Cold War to Kosovo: The Rise and Renewal of International Human Rights Law as a Socio-Legal Field, 2 ANNUAL REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 231 (with Y. Dezalay; 2006)

Les usages nationaux d'une science 'globale': La diffusion de nouveaux paradigmes économiques comme stratégie hégémonique et enjeu domestique dans les champs nationaux de reproduction des élites d'État, 48 SOCIOLOGIE DU TRAVAIL 308 (with Y. Dezalay; 2006)

Observations from the After The Bar Survey of the Bar Class Of 2000, 24 QUINNIAPAC LAW REVIEW 539 (with R. Nelson, R. Dinovitzer, J. Sterling, G. Wilder and T. Adams; 2006)

Is It Time for a New Legal Realism? 2005 WISCONSIN INTERDISCIPLINARY LAW REVIEW 335 (with H. Erlanger, J. Larson, E. Mertz, V. Nourse and D. Wilkins; 2006)

Lawyers in Their Habitats: Law Firms Contemplating Transnational Mergers Should Start Thinking Like Anthropologists, LEGAL AFFAIRS (January/February 2006)

Connivance des elites internationalisees, LE MODE DIPLOMATIQUE (with Y. Dezalay; June 2005)

Philip Corboy and the Construction of the Plaintiffs' Personal Injury Bar, 30 LAW AND SOCIAL INJURY 269 (with S. Parikh; 2005)

Introduction: Science and the Law, A Relation in Transition, 44:5 JUDGE JOURNAL 1 (2005)

The Legal Construction of a Politics of Notables: The Double Game of the Patricians of the Indian Bar in the Market of Civic Virtue, 29 RETFÆRD. NORDIC LEGAL JOURNAL 42 (with Y. Dezalay; 2006)

The Confrontation Between the Big Five and Big Law: Turf Battles and Ethical Debates as Contests for Professional Credibility, 29 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 615 (with Y. Dezalay; Summer 2004)

Introduction. Multidisciplinary Practice After Enron: Eliminating A Competitor But Not the Competition, 29 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 591 (Summer 2004)

Noblesse Oblige as an Alternative Career Strategy, 41 HOUSTON LAW REVIEW 93 (2004)

Law and Society as Law and Development, 37 LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 3005 (2003)

Building Strong and Independent Judiciaries Through the New Law and Development: Behind the Paradox of Consensus Programs and Perpetually Disappointing Results, 52 DEPAUL LAW REVIEW 383 (2002)

The MDP Challenge in the Context of Globalization, 52 CASE WESTERN LAW REVIEW 903 (with C. Silver; 2002)

Tilting the Justice System: From ADR as Idealistic Movement to a Segmented Market in Dispute Resolution, 18 GEORGIA STATE LAW REVIEW 927 (2002)

La construction juridique d'une politique de notables: Le double jeu des patriciens du barreau Indien sur le marché de la virtu civique, 45 GENÉSES 69 (with Y. Dezalay; December 2001)

A Dolarização do Conhecimento Técnico Profissional e do Estado: Processos Transnacionais e Questoes de Legitimação na Transformação do Estado, 43 REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE CIENCIAS SOCIAIS (with Y. Dezalay; June 2000)

L'imperialisme de la vertu, LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE 8 (with Y. Dezalay; May 2000)

James Willard Hurst in the Establishment and Definition of the Field of Law and Social Science, 18 LAW AND HISTORY REVIEW 37 (1999)

From Legal Realism to Law and Society: Reshaping Law for the Last Stages of the Social Activist State, 32 LAW AND SOCIETY REVIEW 409 (with J. Sterling; 1998)

Droits de l'homme et philanthropie hegemonique, 121-22 ACTES DE LA RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES SOCIALES 3 (with Y. Dezalay; March 1998)

Le 'Washington Consensus': Contribution a une sociologie de l'hegemonie du neoliberalism, 121-22 ACTES DE LA RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES SOCIALES 3 (with Y. Dezalay; March 1998)

Two Worlds of Civil Discovery: From Studies of Cost and Delay to the Markets in Legal Services and Legal Reform, 39 BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 597 (1998)

Law, Lawyers, and Social Capital: 'Rule of Law' Versus Relational Capitalism, 6 SOCIAL AND LEGAL STUDIES 109 (with Y. Dezalay; 1997)

Reflections on an Uncomfortable Relationship: Civil Procedure and Empirical Research, 49 ALABAMA LAW REVIEW 103 (1997)

Fussing about the Forum: Categories and Definitions in Dispute Resolution as Stakes in a Professional Competition about the 'Rules of the Game,' 21 LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY 285 (with Y. Dezalay; 1996)

Merchants of Law as Moral Entrepreneurs: Constructing International Justice Out of the Competition for International Business Disputes, 29 LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW 27 (with Y. Dezalay; 1995)



Selected, 2010 Person of the Year, Metropolitan News Enterprise

Appointed Chair, AALS Committee on Research 2007-08