Danya Reda


Danya Reda

Assistant Professor

Law School / Faculty

Curriculum Vitae



UMass School of Law 225


Harvard Law SchoolJD
University of OxfordM.St
Brown UniversityA.B.


  • Civil Procedure
  • Comparative and Islamic Law
  • Torts



Cross-listed UMass Law School Course for undergraduate students. Allows students to experience law school and demonstrate capability of doing law school coursework. Course topics change with section number and semester. Enrollees should note that the Law School semester starts earlier than the UMassD campus. Per ABA rules, courses do not transfer to future law school programs.

Examination of the foundations of the Islamic legal tradition, and its implications for our understanding of the rule of law. The course will cover the historical development, sources and structure of Islamic law, and their impact today. Students will analyze legal institutions through the dominant theories of law and legal interpretation in the Islamic and US traditions.


Research interests

  • procedural reform
  • court reform
  • empirical methods and interpretation of empirical data
  • courts
  • Islamic law

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Danya Shocair Reda (2023).
    Producing Procedural Inequality
    U. Colo. L. Rev., 94
  • Danya Shocair Reda & Nicholas Frayn (Danya Shocair Reda & Nich).
    The Prestige Model: Court Reform in Global Context
    St. John's L. Rev., 96
  • Danya Shocair Reda, Coleman, Malveaux, Pedro & Porter (eds.) (2022).
    Orientalizing Procedure: Insider and Outsiders in the Doctrine of Arbitration
    A Guide to Civil Procedure: Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives, 51-57.

Professional Background

Danya Shocair Reda is an Assistant Professor at UMass Law. Professor Reda’s scholarship explores the relationship between procedure and inequality. Her research has examined the use of data in procedural and court reform, and the ways in which empirical claims may be used to reinforce existing hierarchies and justify reforms that enhance unequal access to the courts. Professor Reda’s research places discussions of court reform in global perspective, as an important tool for understanding both the nuances of procedural developments and their broader implications. Her scholarship examining these questions has been published in Fordham Law Review, the Review of Litigation, and Oregon Law Review, among others. She has been invited to speak on these topics all over the world including at the Seoul National University School of Law, Istanbul Sehir Universitesi, Hamad Bin Khalifa University School of law, and Peking University School of Law.

Professor Reda’s teaching is informed by her practice experience and research. She draws on her understanding of how courts operate, and the impact of their operation, in helping students master substantive doctrine and their deployment through the practical tools of a lawyer. At UMass Law, Professor Reda’s dedication to teaching and to public legal education come together in training future generations of UMass law students to meet the legal need they find in their communities and to tackle the legal problems that drive their passions. Prior to joining UMass Law, Professor Reda was associate professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law, and an acting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program at NYU School of Law. Professor Reda also served as a clerk for the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., district judge in the Southern District of New York, and practiced as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP and Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP.

Professor Reda’s teaching interests include torts, civil procedure, comparative and Islamic law, and administrative law.

Select publications

Reda, Danya Shocair, "Producing Procedural Inequality" 94 U. Colo. L. Rev. (2023)

Danya Shocair Reda & Nicholas Frayn, "The Prestige Model: Court Reform in Global Context," 96 St. John's L. Rev. (2023)

Danya Shocair Reda, Coleman, Malveaux, Pedro & Porter (eds.), "Orientalizing Procedure: Insider and Outsiders in the Doctrine of Arbitration," A Guide to Civil Procedure: Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives 51-57 (2022)

"What Does it Mean to Say That Procedure is Political?," Fordham Law Review (2017)

"How the Anchoring Effect Might Have Saved Civil Rule-Makers Time and Money (and Face)," Review of Litigation (2015)

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