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Australian lawyer Jane Stapleton to receive Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award from the American Bar Association

November 08, 2019

Australian lawyer Jane Stapleton to receive Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award from the American Bar Association

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WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 - The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor professor Jane Stapleton with its Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award, which was created to honor lawyers committed to advancing justice, scholarship and the legal profession, as demonstrated by their contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law.

The award will be presented to Stapleton during the TIPS James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square.

'Professor Stapleton exemplifies all that is good with our legal education system and academics. It is with great pride that we honor her with this award,' said G. Glennon Troublefield, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Stapleton, who specializes in the law of torts in several countries, is a professor at the University of Texas Law School, research professor in law at the Australian National University, a statutory visiting professor at Oxford University and an emeritus fellow of Balliol College. In 2008, the University of Oxford bestowed on Stapleton her third doctorate, the doctor of civil law (DCL), her others being a PhD in physical organic chemistry and the D.Phil in law.

Stapleton is a council member of the American Law Institute (the only non-U.S member), an honorary bencher of Gray's Inn in the United Kingdom and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

In 2013, the Association of American Law Schools bestowed on Professor Stapleton the Prosser Award (the only non-U.S. recipient), which honors those 'who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of tort law scholarship.' In 2015, she was elected a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

Stapleton has accepted invitations to teach and lecture as a visiting professor in the U.K. the U.S. (Columbia and Harvard), Germany, Spain, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Colombia and Brazil.

Click here for a photo of Stapleton.

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 24,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website,

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