Teaching Torts in the 21st Century
April 10, 2014 | Wesemann Hall
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The legal landscape in the early part of the 21st century reflects fundamental changes in tort lawyering, legal education, and the legal marketplace. Tort reform has drastically limited broad swaths of traditional plaintiff’s practice, while insurer-funded defense work has also changed dramatically. Tort law in financial arenas has become a more prominent area of practice. This Monsanto Lecture will address the ways in which the traditional first-year course or upper-level tort-related courses can be modified to take account of these changes. The Lecture explores ways in which legal instruction will continue to evolve away from a focus on case law in order to enable our students to develop the professional competencies called for in the current legal environment.
About Ellen S. Pryor
Ellen S. Pryor is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at a new public law school in Dallas, Texas—UNT Dallas College of Law. Professor Pryor has been a co-author of several casebooks, and her writings in the area of torts, insurance, and compensation theory have appeared in, among other journals, the Harvard Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and the Journal of Legal Studies. In 2006, she was named as the 20th annual recipient of the Robert B. MacKay Law Professor Award from the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association; the award recognizes “a commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship, and the legal profession as demonstrated by outstanding contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law.”
About the Monsanto Lecture Series
This annual series of lectures is endowed by a gift from the Monsanto Fund. The gift enables Valparaiso University Law School to invite distinguished scholars and professionals to critically reexamine the theory of tort law as it has evolved in this country. The lecture is a distillation of a manuscript, which is published each year as an article in the Valparaiso University Law Review.
The Valparaiso University Law School would like to thank Richard Duesenberg for his role in making the Monsanto Lectures possible. A 1953 graduate, Mr. Duesenberg was Monsanto’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary.