Law Connection – March 21, 2018
Friday, March 30, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Aberdeen Manor Ballroom
Ticket sales extended to March 22; all students planning on attending must have a ticket. The tabling hours will be as follows:
Thursday (3/22) 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$20 General Admission, $15 Alumni, free for all students.
Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. Benson Classroom
Catherine M. Sharkey
Crystal Eastman Professor of Law
NYU School of Law
Institutional Liability for Employees’ Intentional Torts: Vicarious Liability as a Quasi-Substitute for Punitive Damages
Modern day vicarious liability cases often address the liability of enterprises and institutions where agents have committed intentional acts. Increasingly, when corporations or employers are sued, the line is blurred between the principal’s vicarious liability and its own direct liability.
From an economic deterrence perspective, the imposition of strict liability vicarious liability induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures, including selective hiring and more stringent supervision and discipline, and, in some instances, to truncate the scope of their business activities. Negligence-based direct liability likewise induces employers to adopt cost-justified preventative measures (without constraining activity levels to the degree that strict liability does). This raises two questions: why doesn’t direct employer negligence liability suffice, in terms of deterring employees’ intentional torts? And conversely, so long as there is strict liability vicarious liability is there any need for direct negligence liability at all?
Friday, April 27, 5 p.m.
The Class of 2018 invites you to attend the annual Cane Walk. The Cane Walk will begin immediately following the unveiling of the class composite in the front lobby of Wesemann Hall. You do not need to purchase a cane to join the walk.