Jeff Sovern is a Professor of Law at St. John’s University in New York City where he teaches Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Introduction to Law, and Theater Law. Most of his writings focus on consumer law. He co-authored a casebook titled Consumer Law: Cases and Materials (3d ed. 2007 Thomson/West) with Professors John A. Spanogle, Ralph J. Rohner, and Dee Pridgen with whom he also co-edited Selected Consumer Statutes. He is also a co-coordinator of the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, which can be read at, and the co-editor of the Consumer Law Abstracts Journal for the Social Science Research Network, available at His scholarly writings have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Washington Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, The Business Lawyer, Federal Rules Decisions, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Missouri Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Advancing the Consumer Interest, the Annual Review of Banking Law, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Encyclopedia of Housing. He has also published essays in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the American Banker, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His writings have been referred to in numerous casebooks, treatises, law review articles, and court decisions. The American Council on Consumer Interests awarded Professor Sovern the Russell A. Dixon Prize in 2002.

Professor Sovern can be heard discussing privacy issues during an hour-long interview on the University of California—Irvine’s radio show “Privacy Policy” initially broadcast on July 26, 2006. He has spoken at the Conference of the American Association of Law Schools, the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, and at the University of Houston’s Conference on Teaching Consumer Law. He has been quoted in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Newsday, the New York Daily News, the ABA Journal EReport, and on CBS News. He has also published 23 letters in The New York Times.

Professor Sovern has served as Reporter to the Eastern District Discovery Oversight Committee and on committees of the American and New York State Bar Associations and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Professor Sovern teaches Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Introduction to Law, and Theater Law.

Before joining the law faculty, Professor Sovern served as law clerk to Judge Frank A. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and practiced law in the litigation department of a major New York City law firm. He holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University.