The Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award

March 29, 2018 

Members of the Rutgers University Community:

It is my distinct pleasure to inform you that Jay Feinman, Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, has been named the 2018 recipient of the University’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award. A special award ceremony and lecture will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m., in the 401 Penn Classroom, Paul Robeson Library, 300 N. 4th Street, Camden Campus. Professor Feinman will give a talk entitled “Why Insurance Works, and Why It Doesn’t.” Immediately following the lecture, a reception will be held in his honor at Clark Commons, located on the second floor of the law school's east building. 

The Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award was established in 1993 by the family, friends, and colleagues of Daniel Gorenstein to commemorate Professor Gorenstein’s innovative mathematical research, his skillful and enthusiastic exposition of his field, and his wise and devoted service to Rutgers University. The award was first presented in 1994 and is given each year to a Rutgers University faculty member noted for both outstanding scholarly achievement and exceptional service to the University. Mr. Feinman will be the 25th recipient of this award.

As a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, Professor Feinman has broad expertise in a number of areas, including contracts law, tort law, legal history, jurisprudence, legal history, and insurance law.  He was an original member of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies and wrote some of the canonical critical texts on contract law.  He has written seven books and over 65 scholarly articles and book chapters.  Professor Feinman has shared his scholarly expertise by presentations at scores of conferences, universities, and professional meetings around the world. He is also well known for bringing his academic expertise to broader audiences.  Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law is an introduction to law for non-lawyers and students.  Published by Oxford University Press, the book has sold more than 150,000 copies, and has been translated into eight languages, and its fifth edition is forthcoming.  He is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute, and has served for many years as a board member of South Jersey Legal Services.  In addition, he has served as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Teaching Methods and Section on Contracts, Chair of the Planning Committee for an AALS national conference on teaching contract law, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the AALS Journal of Legal Education. For his work with trial lawyers’ organizations, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Services from the New Jersey Association for Justice in 2014.  He has a long and distinguished record of service to the law school and greater university, having served on numerous academic committees, and as Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Curriculum Development and Lawyering Programs at the law school. In 2012, he co-created the Center for Risk and Responsibility, which has established Rutgers Law as a leader in the field of insurance law.  Professor Feinman is also a master teacher, whose excellence in the classroom has been recognized by his receipt of the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He is a model teacher and institutional citizen.

I am delighted that Professor Feinman has been selected as the recipient of the Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award. He represents entirely the ideals of this singular recognition named in honor of a scholar and intellectual who has made deep and lasting contributions to Rutgers and the world. I hope you will join me in congratulating Professor Feinman at the lecture and reception. I look forward to seeing you at what will certainly prove to be an enlightening presentation and a memorable University event.

For our guests, free and secure parking has been arranged in the Camden Technology Center Parking Garage located at 601 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102. Take your parking ticket with you. After the event, return to the parking garage lobby and present your lecture ticket at the security desk to receive free parking.

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Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs