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National Bar Honors Law Professor Kenneth Abraham

August 9, 2000 -- University of Virginia law professor Kenneth S. Abraham has received the 2000 Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, presented annually by the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section. The award recognizes commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship, and the legal profession demonstrated by outstanding contributions to the fields of tort or insurance law.

One of the nation’s leading insurance and tort law scholars, Abraham is the author of four books, including the ground-breaking 1986 book, Distributing Risk: Insurance, Legal Theory, and Public Policy, a systematic examination of insurance law from the perspectives of rights theory, economic analysis, and the comparative competence of the various legal institutions that regulate insurance. His casebook, Insurance and Regulation, is now in its third edition and is used in more than 90 American law schools.

Earlier this year, Abraham received the All-University Outstanding Teacher Award, presented to select U.Va. faculty in recognition of their teaching skills.

"We are delighted that Ken, as one of our senior faculty members, has received this well-deserved recognition of his important contributions to insurance and tort law," said Law School Dean Robert E. Scott.

Abraham has served as an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Torts (third): Products Liability, as a co-author of the institute’s 1991 study, Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury, and on a number of other boards and commissions concerned with tort law and insurance reform. In 1996 he was elected to the Council of the American Law Institute, the board of leading lawyers, judges, and law professors that sets policy for the institute.

Abraham, the Class of 1962 Professor of Law and the Albert C. Tate Jr. Research Professor, is a graduate of Indiana University and earned his J.D. from Yale. He practiced law in New Jersey and taught law at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Maryland before coming to Virginia in 1984.

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