July 08, 2015

Connecticut Judge Guido Calabresi to receive leadership award from American Bar Association

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2015 – The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section has selected U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Guido Calabresi of New Haven, Conn., to receive its Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, which honors lawyers committed to advancing justice, scholarship and the legal profession, as demonstrated by their contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law, during the ABA Annual Meeting July 31-Aug.4 in Chicago.

The award will be presented at the TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower.

“Judge Calabresi has had a remarkable career as a very distinguished law professor, very distinguished dean and very distinguished judge,” TIPS Chair Michael W. Drumke said. “Judge Calabresi’s article, Some Thoughts on Risk Distribution and the Law of Torts, was perhaps the first work published in the modern field of law and economics. The important insight of Judge Calabresi’s article, and the book that followed it, was that the main goal of liability rules is to minimize the cost of accidents in a way that takes both efficiency and justice into account. It is with great pride that we honor him with the McKay Award for a distinguished lifetime of contributions to the body of tort law and the education of lawyers.”

Calabresi was appointed a U.S. Circuit judge in July 1994. Prior to his appointment, he was dean and Sterling professor at Yale Law School, where he began teaching in 1959, and is now Sterling professor emeritus and professorial lecturer in Law. He received his B.S. degree from Yale in 1953; a B.A. degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University, in 1955; an LL.B. degree in 1958 from Yale Law School; and an M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1959. A Rhodes Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, Calabresi served as the Note Editor of The Yale Law Journal from 1957-58.

Following graduation, Judge Calabresi clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of six books and has written hundreds of articles on law and related subjects.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has almost 24,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about TIPS visit the website, www.americanbar.org/tips.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.