Tulane Professor Honored with 2004 Robert B. Mckay Law Professor Award
CHICAGO, June 14, 2004— The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will present its 2004 Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award to Edward F. Sherman, the Moise F. Steeg Jr. Professor at Tulane Law School in New Orleans. The award will be presented during the 2004 ABA Annual Meeting at the TIPS Annual Section luncheon on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Georgia World Congress Convention Center in Atlanta.
The award is given annually to recognize a commitment to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession, demonstrated through outstanding contributions to the fields of tort, trial, or insurance law.
Sherman is an expert in civil procedure, complex litigation, and alternative dispute resolution, and has published many articles and widely used casebooks in these fields. He has taught at colleges and law schools throughout the world. He also served as dean of Tulane Law School from 1996 to 2001.
Sherman served in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, from 1968 to 1990, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is on the board of directors for the National Institute for Military Justice and served as general counsel of the American Association of University Professors.
Sherman is active in the ABA in various leadership roles. He served as the chair and reporter for the ABA Class Action Task Force and currently is reporter for the TIPS Task Force on Asbestos Litigation.
He earned an A.B. from Georgetown University, an M.A. in history and an M.A. in English from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an LL.B. and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is the only national professional group to bring together plaintiffs’ lawyers, defense lawyers and insurance and corporate counsel for the exchange of information and ideas. The section has more than 29,000 members and 37 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas including aviation and space law, fidelity and surety law, medical malpractice, transportation law and others.
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.