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Professor Michael D. Green co-winner of the John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship

Professor Michael D. Green

Mike Green is one of the country’s most respected experts in the area of tort law. He currently serves as a Co-Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, a publication of the prestigious American Law Institute.

Wake Forest University Law Professor Michael D. Green and University of Texas Law Professor William C. Powers Jr. have been announced as the 2012 co-winners of the John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship. They will jointly deliver the Second Fleming Lecture at Berkeley Law on Monday, Nov. 5.

Green and Powers are being honored, among other things, for their outstanding work as American Law Institute co-reporters for two core portions of the new Restatement (Third) of Torts.

In his generation, Berkeley Law Professor John Fleming was the world’s leading comparative law tort scholar and long-time editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Comparative Law.  In 1998 when he died, two books were published in his honor and proceeds were used to create the Fleming Prize, to be awarded every other year to a torts scholar from any country.

An international award committee was formed, and in the first 10 years these distinguished scholars were honored: Harold Luntz (Melbourne, Australia), Judge Guido Calabresi (Yale University, United States), Justice Allen Linden (Osgoode, Canada), Stephen Todd (Canterbury, New Zealand) and Sir Basil Markesinis (University College London, United Kingdom).

When the Fleming family endowed the Fleming Lecture, it was decided to have the Fleming Prize winner deliver the Fleming Lecture, to be held bi-annually at Berkeley. Bob Rabin (Stanford University, United States), the most recent winner of the Fleming Prize, was the first Fleming Lecturer.

Green, a graduate of Penn Law School, holds the Bess and Walter Williams Distinguished Chair at Wake Forest.  Powers, a graduate of  Harvard Law School, is president of the University of Texas.  As co-reporters, they produced both the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm (2012) and Apportionment of Liability (2000).