On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented her recent scholarship, Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Professor Sanders's presentation was the first of Case Western's 2016-17 Faculty Workshop Series. In Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, Professor Sanders explores tort law compensatory damage caps by turning to recent interpretations of the Sixth Amendment Criminal Jury Trial Clause as it applies to criminal sentencing guidelines. At first blush, compensatory damage caps and criminal sentencing guidelines appear to have little in common. Yet, both remove the jury during a significant part of a civil or criminal case: in civil cases the jury is partially removed from the “damages” phase of the litigation; in criminal cases the jury is removed from the “punishment” phase of the "criminal prosecution." As a result, both authorize a form of juryless fact-finding by lessening the jury’s role and intruding on the jury’s verdict or decree. Professor Sanders hypothesizes that recent Sixth Amendment jurisprudence, which has rejected mandatory juryless fact-finding for purposes of fixing punishment at criminal sentencing hearings, remains pertinent to the issue of compensatory damage caps because Seventh Amendment jurisprudence remains undeveloped on the issue. Professor Sanders theorizes that Sixth Amendment jurisprudence offers three lessons about common law criminal juries that should apply in the civil context. First, modern procedures cannot significantly alter certain common law characteristics of the jury trial right. Second, mandatory removal of the jury as the primary fact-finder was not authorized in common law cases. Third, a common law jury’s factual determinations were fully enforceable unless exceptional circumstances were presented. Professor Sanders urges states to adopt cap alternatives that encourage individual review upon necessity and that advances a states’ dual interest to protect both civilly liable defendants and severely injured plaintiffs. Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases will be published this October in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal.