Maggie Gardner is a scholar of civil procedure and international law. She studies how to improve the efficiency and coordination of litigation involving foreign parties. She is also interested in decisionmaking and procedure from the perspective of U.S. district court judges. Her scholarship on transnational litigation and transnational regulation has been published in the Virginia Law Review, the NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Journal of International Criminal Justice, among others. Her most recent article, Abstention at the Border (105 Va. L. Rev. 63 (2019)), received the AALS Federal Courts Section’s Award for Best Untenured Federal Courts Article of 2019.
Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Professor Gardner taught as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she was an inaugural recipient of the HLS Student Government Teaching and Advising Award in 2016. Before entering academia, she practiced as a litigation and appellate associate with WilmerHale LLP in Washington, D.C. and clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Michael H. Simon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. She also completed a year-long fellowship with the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon under the direction of President Antonio Cassese.
Professor Gardner graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where she was a Truman Scholar, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review.