The American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section has chosen University of Miami Law Professor Laurence M. Rose, a former Vice Dean of the law school and now Director of its Litigation Skills Program, for the most distinguished award it gives to law professors. Professor Rose, who joins a list of eminent recipients from years past, will be presented with the Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award at the ABA's annual meeting in Chicago in August.
For Professor Rose, the award is especially significant because it is named after his former mentor, who was dean of the New York University School of Law when Professor Rose was studying for this law degree there, and who later advised him to accept a position on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law. "We spoke a lot over the years," Professor Rose said, referring to McKay, who died in 1990. "That's the poignant part of this, for me. This is a pretty cool award."
Established in 1988, the award was created by the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section to honor law professors who have shown commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession, demonstrated by outstanding contributions to the fields of tort and insurance law.
The section's chairman, attorney Randy Aliment of Seattle, said that Professor Rose was chosen "for his distinguished lifetime contributions to the education of lawyers regarding trial skills, notably through the University of Miami School of Law's renowned Litigation Skills Program and at the University of Kansas School of Law," where he taught for 14 years.
Professor Rose was also President and CEO of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy from 2007-2010, after having served as the organization's executive director from 1999-2006 and associate director from 1986-1992. He had earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972 from New York University School of Law, where he was business editor of the NYU Law Review. He served as law clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in 1972-73, after which he entered private practice until 1976.
The ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, known as TIPS, 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, with over 32,000 members, has 34 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 & Insurance Practice Section visit the TIPS website, www.abanet.org/tips.