University of Texas at Austin President and former UT School of Law Dean William “Bill” Powers Jr. (pictured) is the 2012 co-recipient of the prestigious John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship. The award is named for John Fleming, a law professor and tort expert at University of California Berkeley School of Law, according to a press release issued by UT.
Powers, who spoke on Nov. 5 at Berkeley, won the joint award for a body of his writings, including his contributions to "Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm," which he co-authored with Wake Forest professor Michael D. Green for the American Law Institute, notes the release.
“I'm honored to receive the Fleming Prize and to be able to accept it at Berkeley, where my intellectual curiosity was nurtured as an undergraduate. I spend most of my time nowadays working to transform higher education in positive ways. But my academic research and the resulting exploration of complex problems are rooted in the study of tort law. I'm still invigorated when I discuss these issues with students, scholars and practitioners of the law. For me, this prize celebrates the joys of scholarship and interaction with great students and colleagues,” Powers writes in response to an email.
— Miriam Rozen