David H. Taylor
David Taylor teaches courses related to litigation: Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Civil Procedure and Lawyering Skills and is the director of skills training at the College of Law. He has coached law students in advocacy competitions in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, client counseling and mediation. In 2006, Professor Taylor was named a Presidential teaching professor, the highest teaching honor bestowed by NIU. In 2010 he was elevated to distinguished teaching professor. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced law with Prairie State Legal Services, where he was a staff attorney and held the position of deputy director of litigation. While practicing with legal services, Professor Taylor litigated cases ranging from daily service cases to complex class action litigation and appeals.
Areas of Expertise
- Civil procedure
- Poverty law
- Litigation and trial practice
- Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation in American Trials by Jury, 18 Chosun L.J. 3 (2011). (also available in SSRN)
- Ex Parte Domestic Violence Orders of Protection: How Easing Access to Judicial Process Has Eased the Possibility for Abuse of the Process, 23 Kan. J.L. & Pub.
Pol'y83 (2008). (also available in SSRN)
- Defending the Indefensible to Further a Later Case: Sanctioning Respondents in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases, 23 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 403 (2003). (also available in SSRN)
- Should It Take A Thief?: Rethinking the Admission of Illegally Obtained Evidence in Civil Cases, 22 Rev. Litig. 625 (2003). (also available in SSRN)
- Surveying Gender Bias at One Midwestern Law School, 9 Am. U. J. Gender Soc.
Pol'y& L. 251 (2002) (with Lisa A. Wilson).
- Civil Procedure by Contract: A Convoluted Confluence of Private Contract and Public Procedure in Need of Congressional Control, 35 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1085 (2002) (with Sara Cliffe). (also available in SSRN)
- Filing With Your Fingers Crossed: Should a Party Be Sanctioned for Filing a Claim to Which There is a Dispositive, Yet Waivable, Affirmative Defense?, 47 Syracuse L. Rev. 1037 (1997). (also available in SSRN)
- Rambo as Potted Plant: Local Rulemaking's Preemptive Strike Against Witness-Coaching During Depositions, 40 Vill. L. Rev.1057 (1995). (also available in SSRN)
- Conflicts of Interest and the Indigent Client: Barring the Door to the Last Lawyer in Town, 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 577 (1995). (also available in SSRN)
- The Forum Selection Clause: A Tale of Two Concepts, 66 Temp. L. Rev. 785 (1993). (also available in SSRN)
- Defendant Class Actions Under Rule 23(b)(2): Resolving the Language Dilemma, 40 U. Kan. L. Rev. 77 (1991). (also available in SSRN)