Friday, July 19, 2019
Another sad death to report. John Gardner, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford, has passed away from cancer at the age of 54. I met him only once. He was interesting, interested, charming, and kind. The Oxford obituary is here.
Monday, July 15, 2019
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
Congratulations to Mike Green on his seventeen-year tenure as the U.S. representative to the European Group on Tort Law. Mike took emeritus status last week; he was both respected and loved by members of the Group. His involvement began in 2002, in the intense period prior to the Group's 2005 publication of the Principles of European Tort Law.
Last week, for the first time, I attended the Annual Conference on European Tort Law, sponsored by the European Centre on Tort and Insurance Law and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. For those of you in the U.S. interested in comparative law, I highly recommend it. The conference covers the highlights of the previous year in tort law for over 20 European countries in 8-minute country reports. I was dubious that academics could be restricted to speaking for 8 minutes, but the conference is run like a well-oiled machine. Another wonderful feature of the conference is the atmosphere. Speakers and attendees are serious about the material, and do not hesitate to debate issues. There is, however, a remarkable sense of good will present, evident in the custom of attending Heurigen on Friday night. Heurigen, which translates as something like "first wine," is when the speakers and attendees go to a traditional Austrian restaurant and enjoy dinner, wine, and even singing together. The opening lecture this year was delivered by Mark Lunney, who discussed Australia as an important point of comparative common law. The closing lecture on law and economics was delivered by Mark Geistfeld. Do consider attending next year.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
We hope this email finds you well. We are writing as the Secretary and Treasurer of the AALS Torts & Compensation Systems section to pass along two important notices.
1. Torts and Compensation Systems Section Newsletter
As most of you know, our section publishes a newsletter each fall listing: (1) symposia related to tort law; (2) recent law review articles on tort law; (3) selected articles from Commonwealth countries on tort law; and (4) books relating to tort law. If you know of any works that should be included, please forward relevant citations and other information to email@example.com. The deadline for inclusion in this fall's newsletter is Friday, August 16, 2019.
2. 2020 William L. Prosser Award
This is the first call for nominations for the 2020 William L. Prosser Award. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions of law teachers in scholarship, teaching and service” in torts and compensation systems. Recent recipients include Ken Simons, Marshall Shapo, Steve Sugarman, Aaron Twerski, Mike Green, James Henderson, Jane Stapleton, Guido Calabresi, Robert Rabin, Richard Posner, Oscar Gray, and Dan Dobbs. Past recipients include scholars such as Leon Green, Wex Malone, and John Wade.
Any law professor is eligible to nominate another law professor for the award. Nominators can renew past nominations by resubmitting materials. Living tort scholars and those who have passed away within the last five years are eligible for the award. Selection of the recipient will be made by members of the Executive Committee of the Torts & Compensation Systems section, based on the recommendation of a special selection committee. The award will be presented at the annual AALS meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2020.
Nominations must be accompanied by a brief supporting statement and should be submitted no later than Friday, July 19, 2019. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Davis and Tim Lytton
Monday, March 11, 2019
I am sad to announce the passing of Bill Powers, former president of the University of Texas, dean of the Texas School of Law, and Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts. I did not know Bill well, but I was impressed with him in every encounter we had. He was kind to me. Brian Leiter has a post here, and UT has a memorial notice here.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
David W. Robertson, the William Powers, Jr. and Kim L. Heilbrun Chair in Tort Law at the University of Texas School of Law, passed away at the end of 2018. The University's announcement is here. Thanks to blog founder, Bill Childs, for the information.
Friday, January 4, 2019
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section has announced that the 2019 William L. Prosser Award is bestowed upon Kenneth Simons. Congratulations to Ken! From the UC Irvine announcement:
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Allen Linden has passed away at the age of 83. A former Justice of Canada's Federal Court of Appeal, he was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015. Moreover, he was a distinguished torts professor who continued to teach the subject during his judicial duties. Linden studied with William Prosser at Berkeley, and became one of Canada's most-respected torts professors, teaching primarily at Osgoode Hall Law School. In the 1960s, he authored a study on compensation for automobile accidents which led to the adoption of a no-fault plan in Ontario in 1969. I never had the honor of meeting him, but I have heard numerous friends speak of him in glowing terms. Rest in peace. An obituary is here.
Monday, August 14, 2017
The AALS Section on Torts and Compensation Systems is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 William L. Prosser Award is Marshall S. Shapo, the Frederic P. Vose Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
The Prosser Award recognizes outstanding contributions in scholarship, teaching and service related to tort law. Nominations are made by fellow tort scholars, and the recipient is selected by the two most-recent Prosser Award winners and the immediate past Chair of the AALS Torts Section, with approval of the Torts Section Executive Committee. Professor Shapo's award, and his many contributions to tort law, will be recognized at the Torts Section meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, at 1:30 pm on Friday, January 5th, 2018.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section announces its new mentoring program. The Torts Section may be able to help if you are a professor who:
- is starting a career in torts or shifting to torts from another subject area, and
- lacks a torts colleague to discuss scholarship and teaching.
The Executive Committee and the Section at large have numerous professors happy to work with you. The goal is to match mentors and mentees based on specific areas of interest. To start the process, please contact the Chair of the Torts Section, currently Chris Robinette (email@example.com or 717-541-3993).
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
It has been an honor to serve on the AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section's Executive Committee since January 2012. I rotated into the Chair position last Friday. I enjoy history, and began to think about the history of the Section. The Section was created around 1973; prior to that, AALS organized in "roundtables," which I take to have been less permanent entities. The AALS has a list of all Section chairs since 1980, which I reproduce below. The term is now one year, but it appears a two-year term was used during the mid-1990s. If anyone has further information about the Section's history and would like to share it, please comment on the blog (comments are not immediate) or email me.
|Dominick Vetri||University of Oregon School of Law||1/1/1980|
|Thomas C. Cady||West Virginia University College of Law||1/1/1982|
|Jean C. Love||Santa Clara University School of Law||1/1/1983|
|Harvey S. Perlman||University of Nebraska College of Law||1/1/1984|
|James A. Henderson, Jr.||Cornell Law School||1/1/1986|
|Jean C. Love||Santa Clara University School of Law||1/1/1987|
|David G. Owen||University of South Carolina School of Law||1/1/1988|
|Walter Probert||University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law||1/1/1989|
|Lucinda M. Finley||University at Buffalo School of Law, The State University of New York||1/1/1990|
|Aaron D. Twerski||Brooklyn Law School||1/1/1991|
|Oscar S. Gray||University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law||1/1/1992|
|Diane C. Maleson||Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law||1/1/1993|
|Jennifer H. Arlen||New York University School of Law||1/1/1995|
|Richard W. Wright||Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology||1/1/1997|
|Mark F. Grady||University of California, Los Angeles School of Law||1/1/1999|
|Catharine Wells||Boston College Law School||1/1/2000|
|Stephen G. Gilles||Quinnipiac University School of Law||1/1/2001|
|Keith Norman Hylton||Boston University School of Law||1/1/2002|
|Anita Bernstein||Brooklyn Law School||1/1/2003|
|Kenneth W. Simons||University of California, Irvine School of Law||1/1/2004|
|Peter A. Bell||Syracuse University College of Law||1/1/2005|
|Richard L. Cupp, Jr.||Pepperdine University School of Law||1/1/2006|
|James R. Hackney, Jr.||Northeastern University School of Law||1/1/2007|
|Ellen Michelle Bublick||The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law||1/1/2008|
|John C.P. Goldberg||Harvard Law School||1/1/2009|
|Catherine M. Sharkey||New York University School of Law||1/10/2010|
|Michael L. Rustad||Suffolk University Law School||1/8/2011|
|John Valery White||University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law||1/8/2012|
|Jennifer Wriggins||University of Maine School of Law||2/14/2013|
|Andrew R. Klein||Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law||2/14/2014|
|Anthony J. Sebok||Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law||2/14/2015|
|Leslie Kendrick||University of Virginia School of Law||2/14/2016|
Monday, December 12, 2016
Greg Keating has uploaded to SSRN to SSRN 6 p apers:
Monday, October 31, 2016
Don Gifford was named the Jacob A. France Professor of Torts at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law on October 27, 2016. The title had been held by Oscar Gray until his retirement, and Oscar remains the Jacob A. France Professor of Torts Emeritus. Don delivered a lecture entitled "The Stubborn Survival of the Steam-Locomotive Compensation System in the Century of Driverless Cars." He argued that changes in technology and the impact of technological changes on the economy were the most important determinants of change in tort law. He then explored why there was so little change in the fundamental substantive principles of tort law during the twentieth century and why the tort system had generally prevailed over attempts to enact alternative compensation systems.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016