Esteemed Brooklyn Law School Professor Aaron Twerski honored at Annual Law Symposium

July 14, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
Aaron Twerski. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Law School
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Aaron Twerski, the renowned Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law, recently received distinguished recognition for his outstanding contributions to the field of tort law at the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law Annual Symposium.

Held on April 20 and 21, the symposium attracted legal scholars nationwide for its theme, “Professor Aaron Twerski and the Law of Torts: Duty, Design, and Conflicts.”

Twerski’s body of work, which spans over five decades, has touched nearly every corner of tort law and is known for its wisdom, pragmatism, and a judicious sense of justice. His contributions to the law school and academia were celebrated through presentations and papers focusing on areas of his impact, including duty, product liability, mass torts, immunity, and conflicts of law.

Edward Janger, Brooklyn Law’s David M. Barse Professor of Law and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation, led the symposium. Janger praised Twerski’s career and contributions, remarking, “These papers are ambitious and do a wonderful job of engaging with Aaron’s work, but also advance the discussions in which Aaron has participated.”

Twerski’s peers shared their admiration during the symposium. “Professor Twerski is a lion of our faculty and of his field,” said then-President and Joseph Crea Dean Michael Cahill, lauding Twerski’s illustrious career and contributions.

Joining the praise, Brooklyn Law Professor Lawrence Solan highlighted Twerski’s impactful presence, commenting, “He is not only an expert on torts and product liability law, but an expert on what the law can do and cannot do.”

Twerski’s far-reaching influence on legal education was also underscored by Ellen Bublick, Dan B. Dobbs Professor of Law and Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Bublick referred to Twerski as a “teacher of teachers,” praising his unwavering commitment to understanding and improving common law.

The sentiments echoed throughout the symposium, with speakers from Yale Law School, Fordham University School of Law, and even former students acknowledging Twerski’s expertise, wisdom, and inspirational teaching style.

One such testimony came from Hon. Claire R. Kelly ’93, Judge, United States Court of International Trade, who described Twerski’s classes as “nothing short of magical.”

Twerski humbly responded to the accolades, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to continue teaching and writing. He lauded his colleagues at Brooklyn Law School as “great colleagues, great friends, and great human beings.”

The Festschrift papers, lauding Professor Twerski’s enduring contributions to the field of tort law, are slated for publication this fall.

 


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