Law Professor Jeffrey OConnell Is Named Among Centurys
10, 2000 -- University of Virginia law professor
Jeffrey OConnell was recently named as one of "The Lawyers
of the Century" in an article in The American Lawyer magazine.
OConnell was cited along with his co-author and former Harvard
University law professor Robert Keeton, for their research and writings
in the area of tort reform. "As academics, they invented no-fault
auto insurance," the magazine noted.
OConnells name came up several times as my staff researched
the issue," said Aric Press, editor of The American Lawyer.
The tort reform work "was too important to ignore," he
there are no lawyers, judges or juries involved, no-fault insurance
has been credited with both simplifying the insurance claims process,
and with relieving taxpayers and the court system from being bogged
down with auto insurance claims.
is the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, and has taught at the
University of Virginia since 1980.
was the recipient of Guggenheim fellowships in 1973 and 1979. In
1992 he received the Robert B. McKay Award for Tort and Insurance
Scholarship from the American Bar Association.
1966 he has written or co-written 12 books dealing with accident
law, published dozens of articles on tort and insurance law, and
lectured extensively throughout the United States and the world.
more information, OConnell may be reached at (804) 924-7809.
Denise Forster, (804) 924-4678