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YLS Faculty and Programs Recognized by ABA

Yale Law School faculty and programs are slated to receive three awards at the American Bar Association 2002 Annual Meeting this coming weekend, August 8-13.

The Lawyering Ethics Clinic at YLS, which was taught last year by Clinical Professor of Law Dennis Curtis and Clinical Lecturer Deborah Cantrell, will receive the 2002 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. The award recognizes projects that contribute to the understanding of professionalism among lawyers, and is given to two organizations each year. The Lawyering Ethics Clinic provides free legal services to people who have filed grievances against Connecticut lawyers with the Statewide Grievance Committee, while also devoting class time to the rules governing lawyer misconduct. Yale Law School students are involved in every phase of the grievance process, including acting as lead counsel at administrative hearings.

The ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law will recognize Daniel C. Esty, Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, with the 2002 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. Esty worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in various roles from 1989 to 1993 before coming to Yale. He is the author of numerous articles and books, and serves as the director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the World Fellows Program and holds a joint appointment in Yale's Environment School. The ABA selection committee particularly noted his efforts to develop the Environmental Sustainability Index, a project conducted jointly with Columbia University and the World Economic Forum to provide an analytical basis for environmental decision-making by measuring the overall progress towards environmental sustainability for 142 countries. Each year the award is given to one institution and one individual.

In a concurrent event, Scribes, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, will bestow their Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Guido Calabresi, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law. Calabresi is also a former dean of YLS and currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He will deliver a speech and receive his award at the Scribes Annual Luncheon on August 10. Among Calabresi's classic works of legal writing are a 1961 article, "Some Thoughts on Risk Distribution and the Law of Torts," and a 1970 book,The Cost of Accidents: A Legal and Economic Analysis, both seminal to the field of law and economics, and later works on a breadth of subjects, such as A Common Law for the Age of Statutes, 1982, and Ideals, Beliefs, Attitudes and the Law, 1985.

A more detailed description of each award winner will be available through @YLS in the coming weeks. Please check back.