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Tulane Professor Honored by American Bar Association

June 16, 2004

The American Bar Association announced that it will award the 2004 Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award to Tulane Law Professor Edward F. Sherman. The award, given by the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, will be presented during the 2004 ABA Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 7, at the Georgia World Congress Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Robert B. McKay Law Professor Award is given annually in recognition of a law professor’s 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 currently a professor of law at Tulane and served as dean from 1996 through 2001.  Before coming to Tulane in 1996, he taught for 19 years at the University of Texas School of Law where he was the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of Law, and for eight years at the Indiana University School of Law.  A graduate of Georgetown University (A.B., 1959) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1962; S.J.D., 1981), he clerked for a federal judge and practiced law for five years before entering teaching.

Sherman is a nationally recognized expert in civil procedure, complex litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.  He is the author of numerous articles and texts on these subjects and of casebooks used in law schools around the country, including Civil Procedure: A Modern Approach, Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Advanced Civil Procedure, and Processes of Dispute Resolution.  

A consummate professor, Sherman has taught at law schools throughout the world, including: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Institute of Comparative Law, Chuo University School of Law, Tokyo, Japan; the School of Public Administration, Warsaw, Poland; University of London, London, England; and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. 

In addition to the teaching roles, Sherman also served in the US Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, from 1968-1990 attaining the rank of Lt. 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 and of the Texas Civil Liberties Union. 

Sherman has infused his teaching and research with active participation in law cases.  He was a pro bono counsel in a number of high-profile cases involving the rights of members of the military, free speech, and academic freedom.  An expert in class actions, he has served as co-counsel, consulting counsel, or expert witness in a number of important class actions.


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