Date Chartered: 1/1/1973


The Section on Torts and Compensation Systems promotes and stimulates ideas, interest, and activities, and the communication and discussion thereof, among those concerned with the teaching, administration, improvement, and reformation of the law relating to torts and compensation systems.

Leadership   Section Members

William L. Prosser Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions of law teachers in scholarship, teaching and service in the torts and compensation systems of law.

Nominations and Eligibility: Competition for the Award is to be announced through AALS Newsletters, at the annual meeting of the Section, and in the Section newsletter, “Torts and Retorts.” Any law teacher may nominate another law teacher for the award. Nominations for the Award shall be open from the annual meeting in January of each year to June 30.

Selection Process: The selection committee shall consist of the members of the Torts and Compensation Systems Executive Committee. Selection of a recipient will be made no later than November 1st.


Year Award Name Recipient Law School
2024 William L. Prosser Award Kenneth S. Abraham University of Virginia School of Law
2023 William L. Prosser Award Benjamin C. Zipursky Fordham University School of Law
2023 William L. Prosser Award John Goldberg Harvard Law School
2022 William L. Prosser Award Martha Chamallas The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law
2021 William L. Prosser Award Jack Weinstein United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York
2020 William L. Prosser Award Anita Bernstein Brooklyn Law School
2019 William L. Prosser Award Kenneth Simons University of California, Irvine School of Law
2018 William L. Prosser Award Marshall Shapo Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
2017 William L. Prosser Award Stephen Sugarman University of California, Berkeley School of Law
2016 William L. Prosser Award Aaron Twerski Brooklyn Law School
2015 William L. Prosser Award Michael Green Wake Forest University School of Law
2014 William L. Prosser Award James A. Henderson Jr. Cornell Law School
2013 William L. Prosser Award Jane Stapleton The University of Texas School of Law
2012 William L. Prosser Award Richard A. Posner United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School