Martha Chamallas, professor at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, spoke on the topic of tort jurisprudence at Valparaiso University Law School on April 12 as part of the annual Monsanto Lecture series.
Chamallas’s presentation, titled “Institutional Responsibility for Sexual Exploitation: Can Tort Law Deliver Social Justice?,” discussed employer liability. She described the many differences between various courts when the case involved sexual misconduct as opposed to other types of torts, examples like the BBC, Penn State, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, all organizations involved in scandals concerning the sexual abuse of children. Chamallas discussed institutional failure, “sexual exceptionalism” and her new term, “institutional liability.”
Chamallas currently teaches classes in employment discrimination law, gender and the law and torts. She has authored several books, chapters, articles, and essays on topics of race and gender and their relation to tort law.
The Monsanto Lecture series takes place annually and was endowed by a gift from the Monsanto Fund. Richard Duesenberg, a 1953 graduate of Valparaiso University Law School, helped to make this lecture series possible. He served as Monsanto’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary.