October 08, 2012
Pryor to Become Associate Dean at UNT
TortsProf Ellen Pryor (SMU) will become the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNT Dallas College of Law in January 2013. The announcement is here. Pryor has a strong reputation for both teaching and scholarship in torts.
May 11, 2012
Jeffrey O'Connell Retires from Teaching
Legislatures are still debating his ideas, but long-time UVa law professor Jeffrey O'Connell has retired from teaching. I had the pleasure of having his Torts class in the fall of 1993. He was truly a virtuoso classroom teacher. Mary Wood has written a wonderful retrospective post for the UVa Law website.
May 01, 2012
Farewell and Best Wishes to Bill Childs
As the academic year winds down, we want to wish Bill Childs, TortsProf's founder, all the best as he returns to practice. Bill started the blog on January 15, 2006 with this post. He said his farewell in this post back in March. Along the way, Bill was a terrific blogger, actually engaging in original reporting and breaking several stories himself. We hope Bill stays in touch and we can provide readers with periodic updates.
--Sheila and Chris
March 05, 2012
For over six years, I've been contributing to the TortsProf blog. (Really! Here's my first post, back when I was the only contributor, making a sorta snarky observation about tort reform.)
In the years since then, I've posted about countless issues, ranging from amusement park safety to confidentiality in mass torts to the actual provenance of asbestos websites. In 2007, Chris and Sheila joined the blog, bringing a broad range of valuable content to the site, and, in 2009, when I became associate dean at Western New England, my blogging slowed (though it didn't quite stop). Thanks to them, the blog has remained current and a reliable source of information for academics and practitioners alike.
It's been a great experience. My blogging influenced my scholarship, it resulted in many press appearances (including providing [but not serving as] the punchline to a New York Times piece), it was fun, and it kept me connected to the real world of litigation.
And it is to that real world of litigation that I am returning. Starting in August, I will be joining the Austin office of Bowman & Brooke as senior counsel. Bowman & Brooke is a terrific Minnesota-based firm that focuses largely on products liability work, and I'll get to spend some time working out of their Minnesota office during summers. Since I will no longer be a TortsProf, I will, naturally, no longer be posting here. I may still be posting at MassTort.org; we'll figure that out at some point.
It has been a tough decision. I have loved teaching at Western New England, and my family and I adore the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. But I have decided that legal education is no longer the business for me. I am excited for the next professional challenge, and to be much nearer my family. And for good tacos.
So: Thank you to Paul Caron and Joe Hodnicki, thanks to Chris and Sheila, and most of all, thanks to all of you, the readers. Hearing from you -- even (especially!) when you disagreed -- was a genuine highlight of our endeavor. You made me think harder. If you find yourself in Austin, get in touch and I'll buy you a taco. My permanent e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 05, 2011
Scales to Rutgers-Camden
Adam Scales, an expert in insurance as well as tort law, has joined the faculty at Rutgers-Camden. The official announcement from Rutgers is here.
August 10, 2010
Indiana-Indianapolis Advertises a Torts Position
Andy Klein passes on that Indiana-Indianapolis is hiring. The AALS ad follows:
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW-INDIANAPOLIS invites applications from entry-level and experienced candidates for tenure-track and tenured appointments beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year. The law school seeks colleagues with distinguished academic records who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Our curricular needs include Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Commercial Law, Conflict of Laws, Trusts and Estates and Tax.
Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis also anticipates making a long-term contract clinical appointment for 2011-2012. Candidates with clinical teaching experience in the civil area and with at least five years of practice experience are encouraged to apply. The appointment requires an Indiana law license or the ability to be licensed to practice law in Indiana upon appointment. It is possible that this appointment might include administrative duties with respect to experiential learning.
We are strongly committed to achieving excellence through intellectual diversity and strongly encourage applications from persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBT community, and members of other groups that are under-represented on university faculties. The law school is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and offers domestic partner benefits. For more information about the school, visit http://indylaw.indiana.edu/. To apply, contact Professor María Pabón López, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, 530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225; (317) 278-8440; email@example.com. Individuals who require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process must notify Professor López a reasonable time in advance.
March 02, 2010
Torts Visitor Opening at FIU
From Howard Wasserman (FIU) comes news of a torts visitor opening at Florida International University in Miami:
Florida International University College of Law invites
applications from candidates for one or more visiting
faculty positions beginning in Fall 2010. Areas of
curricular preference include Property, Criminal Law,
Torts, Environmental Law, And Trusts and Estates. Visits
could be for either the fall or spring semester or for the
ABOUT FIU COLLEGE OF LAW:
Part of Miami's public research university, the College of
Law is a dynamic urban law school with approximately 600
students. FIU College of Law was established in 2000,
enrolled its first class in 2002, and currently has 30
full-time faculty members. In the spring of 2007, the FIU
College of Law moved into a new state-of-the-art building
at the heart of the main university campus. Over the past
two years, our FIU on-campus community has been enriched
through the addition of a new medical school and the
construction of the Frost Art Museum.
The FIU community and the College of Law are strongly
committed to the pursuit of excellence and the goal of
ensuring opportunities within the legal profession for
individuals who represent different groups as defined by
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic
background, age, disability, national origin, and religion.
Applicants should have a J.D. degree; applicants with
additional advanced degrees are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants must possess a strong commitment to teaching and
a record or the promise of outstanding scholarship.
Applicants interested in joining the FIU College of Law
faculty as a visiting faculty member should send a cover
letter expressing interest and a resume to:
CONTACT: Associate Dean Joelle Moreno
Chair - Faculty Appointments Committee
Florida International University
College of Law
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
You may also send application materials electronically to
For more information, please visit our website at:
Florida International University encourages applications
from candidates who would continue to enhance the diversity
of our College of Law faculty and university community and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual
orientation or veteran status in its education and
employment programs or activities. FIU is also a member of
the State University System and an Equal Opportunity, Equal
Access, Affirmative Action Employer.
December 16, 2009
Smolla to be President of Furman
W&L Law Dean Rodney Smolla, an expert on defamation, will become the 11th president of Furman University. VLW Blog has the story.
April 01, 2009
Torts Prof Phoebe Haddon Named Dean At Maryland
Phoebe Haddon, a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, has been named Dean at the University of Maryland School of Law. Haddon joined the Temple faculty in 1981, and taught torts, products liability, constitutional law, and a seminar on race and ethnicity. She is also a co-author of the torts casebook, "Tort Law: Cases, Perspectives and Problems" from LexisNexis.
Congratulations to Professor Haddon and Maryland!
August 07, 2008
Goldberg Moves to Harvard
February 09, 2006
Job: Visiting Position at Seattle
Seattle University School of Law invites applications for a visitor position to teach Torts in the fall and spring of 2006-2007. We are seeking an experienced professor to teach this 5-credit first year course (2 credits in the fall, 3 in the spring); the other fall and spring course to be taught subject to mutual agreement between the visitor and the Law School.
Seattle University School of Law, with 1,100 students and a current student-faculty ratio of 16-1, educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students, and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School's commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition – one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.
Seattle University, founded in 1891, continues a 450-year tradition of Jesuit Catholic higher education. The University’s Jesuit Catholic ideals underscore its commitment to the centrality of teaching, learning and scholarship, of values-based education grounded in the Jesuit and Catholic traditions, of service and social justice, of lifelong learning, and of educating the whole person. Located in the heart of dynamic Seattle, the University enrolls approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges and schools. Students enjoy a university ethos characterized by individualized faculty attention, a strong sense of community, a commitment to diversity, and an outstanding faculty.
Seattle University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Finding prejudicial discrimination inconsistent with the mission of the University and the spirit of free academic inquiry, Seattle University does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or disability. This policy complies with the spirit and the letter of applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae to: Annette E. Clark, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Ave, Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122. Telephone: (206) 398-4069; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email applications are welcome.