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Southwestern Law School

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Festschrift for Robert Rabin"

The topic of the 2011 Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy is a "Festschrift for Robert Rabin."

Bob Rabin is one of the towering figures of American tort law. His work has influenced the way we think about virtually all the critical questions confronted by tort scholars. His writings on the tobacco controversy, alternative compensation systems and tort theory have powerfully affected discourse on these topics. His casebook, with Franklin and Green, has served as the introduction to tort law for thousands of students. In 2008, Bob was the recipient of the William Prosser Award for scholarship, teaching and service from the AALS Section on Torts and Compensation. Bob also has been a great friend to the Clifford Symposium. He has appeared on the program more than a half dozen times and has contributed seminal pieces about enabling torts (49 DePaul Law Review), the tobacco wars (51 DePaul Law Review), the September 11th Compensation Fund (53 DePaul Law Review), and noneconomic loss (55 DePaul Law Review). It is with the greatest pleasure and pride that we seek to honor our dear friend and colleague, Bob Rabin, at the 2011 Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy.

The program includes an amazing line-up of torts scholars.  Session I, Reflections on Tort Theory, includes presentations by Mark Geistfeld, John Goldberg and Ben Zipursky, and Stephen Sugarman.   Session II, Tort Law and the Administrative State, includes presentations by Ellen Pryor, Peter Schuck and Cathy Sharkey.   The symposium continues on Friday with a panel on Perspectives on Compensations Schemes with presentations by Nora Engstrom, Myriam Gilles and Michael Green.  The final panel, Perspectives on Liability Rules, includes presentations by Ken Abraham, Greg Keating, and Tony Sebok.

Registration is free.  The symposium will take place April 14-15, 2011, at DePaul.


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