I am delighted to announce that the 2022 Prosser Award honoree is Martha Chamallas. Professor Chamallas, the Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law at The Ohio State University, assumed emeritus status this year; she was honored with the 2021 Distinguished University Professor Award. One of her Prosser Award nominators stated that she has been “a major influence in encouraging a greater consideration of the ways in which tort law impacts minorities and women.” From her Ohio State biography:
Professor Martha Chamallas is a leading scholar in a number of fields, including torts, employment discrimination law, and legal issues affecting women. She is the author of two books and more than 40 articles and essays in law journals such as the Michigan Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, UCLA Law Review and the Southern California Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute, Torts Consultative Group and has participated on Gender and Race Bias Task Forces for the states of Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Chamallas clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Civil Rights Division.
Prior to joining the Moritz College of Law in 2002, Professor Chamallas served on the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the Louisiana State University Law Center, and the University of Iowa College of Law. She has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, the Washington University School of Law, Richmond School of Law, the University of Ghent, and Suffolk University School of Law. She also served as the chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Iowa.
At the Moritz College of Law, she teaches Torts, Employment Discrimination, and Gender and the Law. Professor Chamallas was the recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006 and the University Distinguished Scholar Award in 2013.