Northwestern University Law Review
Celebrating Marshall S. Shapo
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Northwestern University Law Review are proud to honor Marshall S. Shapo, the Frederick P. Vose Professor of Law Emeritus, with this Festschrift recognizing his achievements. Professor Shapo is a nationally renowned expert on torts and products liability law. Shapo has published and lectured prolifically on these topics during his impressive 50-year academic career, including over 40 years on the Northwestern faculty. One book reviewer aptly described him as a “towering presence in American tort law.”
Author of some 25 books and countless articles, Professor Shapo has written on such varied topics as compensation for victims of terrorism, the origins of tort law in culture, and (along with Professor Helene Shapo) succeeding and thriving in law school. In 2018, Professor Shapo received the William L. Prosser award of the Torts and Compensation Systems section of the Association of American Law Schools, for “outstanding contributions in scholarship, teaching and and service related to tort law.” He was an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law (Third): Products Liability and has served on various committees of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, which honored him with its Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award in 2005. He has also testified several times before Congressional committees and at other hearings. In addition, Professor Shapo has inspired and challenged generations of law students through his gifted and engaging teaching.
It is with great appreciation that the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Northwestern University Law Review have assembled an illustrious group of Professor Shapo’s colleagues (including former students) for this Festschrift to celebrate his contributions to scholarship, legal education, and the legal profession.
- 1. Constitutional Torts and the Problem of Government Policy: An Essay for Marshall Shapo James E. Pfander
- 2. Marshall Shapo’s Constitutional Tort Fifty-Five Years Later Michael L. Wells
- 3. Private Law, Public Law, and the Production of American Virtue Cristina Carmody Tilley
- 4. Marshall Shapo’s Sociological Torts Jurisprudence Michael L. Rustad
- 5. Some Thoughts on Compensation and Remedial Relief for Disasters in the American Legal System Robert L. Rabin
- 6. The Legal Sanctuary for Human Experimentation Wendy Wagner
- 7. Holding Amazon Liable as a Seller of Defective Goods: A Convergence of Cultural and Economic Perspectives Catherine M. Sharkey
- 8. A Scholarly Life in Vistas: Marshall Shapo’s Products Liability Mary J. Davis
Owen L. Coon Professor of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
James E. Pfander
James Pfander, the Owen L. Coon Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, has focused his research on the history and structure of the Article III judiciary and its role in ensuring government accountability. Recent work explores the history of damages and injunctive relief for constitutional violations and the questionable pedigree of modern standing doctrine.
University of Georgia Law School
Michael L. Wells
Michael Wells is the Marion and W. Colquitt Carter Chair in Tort Insurance and Law at the University of Georgia Law School and is a former J. Alton Hosch Professor. His scholarship includes numerous articles in leading legal journals as well as a new edition of Constitutional Torts (with Tom Eaton, Sheldon Nahmod, and Fred Smith) and Constitutional Remedies (with Tom Eaton).
Associate Professor of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
Cristina Carmody Tilley is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. A former Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review, her scholarship on tort and media law has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Journal of Tort Law.
Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law
Concentration at Suffolk University Law School
Michael L. Rustad
Michael L. Rustad is the Thomas F. Lambert, Jr. Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Law Institute and served on the ABA Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on Information Licensing.
A. Calder Mackay Professor of Law
Stanford Law School
Robert L. Rabin
Robert Rabin, the A. Calder Mackay Professor of Law at Stanford, is a known expert on torts and legislative compensation schemes, publishing numerous pieces on torts jurisprudence and is the co-editor of a leading casebook on tort law and alternatives. A recipient of the William Prosser Award for Scholarship, Teaching and Service, he also served as an advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Torts and Restatement (Third) on Products Liability.
Richard Dale Endowed Chair
University of Texas School of Law
Wendy Wagner is the Richard Dale Endowed Chair at the University of Texas School of Law. She is a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policymakers, and serves on national committees on this concern. In 2019, she published Incomprehensible!, a book that argues for clearer communication and more meaningful information on scientific and technical subjects.
Crystal Eastman Professor of Law
NYU School of Law
Catherine M. Sharkey
Catherine Sharkey, the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at N.Y.U. School of Law, has published dozens of articles in various fields of tort law. She is co-author of Cases and Materials on Torts (12th ed. 2020). She is an advisor to the Restatement (Third) of Torts, a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., and a member of the American Law Institute.
Dean and Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law
University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law
Mary J. Davis
Mary J. Davis is Dean and Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, and a University Research Professor. She previously litigated products liability cases. She has written extensively on products liability, and co-authored Products Liability and Safety: Cases and Materials, 7th ed.