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AALS Recognizes Prof. Gray for Lifetime Contribution to Torts

Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Torts Oscar Gray will receive the 2009 William Lloyd Prosser Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to Torts from the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Torts and Compensation Systems Section. Professor Gray will receive the award during the 2010 Annual AALS Meeting in New Orleans on January 7.

The Prosser Award is the highest honor that AALS presents to Torts law professors for outstanding contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service in torts and compensation systems. Recipients of the award, which was first conferred in 1974, are selected by members of the Executive Committee of the Torts and Compensation Systems section based on the recommendations of an appointed special selection committee. Professor Gray, who joined the University of Maryland School of Law faculty in 1971, is described by the award selection committee as meeting their high standards as “a master of tort law.”

Professor Gray is recognized nationally for his work as editor of the definitive, six-volume tort treatise, Harper, James and Gray on the Law of Torts. Professor Gray and Edward M. Robertson Research Professor Don Gifford plan to publish a fifth edition of their torts casebook, Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts, in 2010, which was originally edited by Harry Shulman and Fleming James Jr.

Professor Gray is particularly honored to be joining his former mentor and co-author Fleming James as a Prosser Award recipient.

“Apart from my memories of my student days with Mr. James, the greatest moment was when he asked me to revise the Shulman and James Torts casebook,” said Professor Gray. “It had been my favorite casebook in law school and the course in which it was used, which was taught by Shulman and James.”

Professor Gray has been an active participant in the decade-long debates within the American Law Institute regarding the various components of the Restatement (Third) of Torts. In the early 1990’s, he served as Chair of the AALS Section of Torts and Compensation Systems and as program chair.

In addition to private and corporate practice, Professor Gray’s previous positions include serving as an attorney-adviser in the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. Department of State; special counsel to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy; acting director of the Office of Environmental Impact, U.S. Department of Transportation. He has also taught at the Catholic University of America School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He holds a J.D. and B.A. from Yale University.

Professor Gray joins a prestigious consortium of past Prosser Award recipients including Leon Green, former Dean of Northwestern University School of Law; Fleming James of Yale Law School; Wex Malone, former Professor at Louisiana State University Law Center; W. Page Keeton, former Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, John Wade, former Dean of Vanderbilt University Law School; and Willard Pedrick, founding Dean of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Last year, the award was presented to Dan Dobbs, Regents & Rosentiel Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law of the University of Arizona.

Dean Phoebe Haddon invites everyone attending the AALS meeting to join her for a reception honoring Professor Gray on January 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Grand Salon Section 24 of the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans.


Posted by Carrie Oleynik

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