Stephen Gillers ’68, Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, has won the 2011 Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award from the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility.

Gillers, a professor at NYU School of Law since 1978, was vice dean from 1999 to 2004. He focuses in his research and writing on the regulation of the legal profession. His widely used casebook Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics is in its eighth edition. Gillers, consulted and quoted widely in legal and popular media as an expert on legal ethics, currently sits on the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, which is thoroughly reviewing the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in the context of advances in technology and developments in global legal practice.

The Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award recognizes those with career commitments in legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement, lawyer professionalism, and related areas. The selection committee considers nominees’ contributions to the work of the organized bar as well as significant scholarly contributions, creative judicial or legislative initiatives to advance the professionalism of lawyers, and similar accomplishments.

Posted on March 2, 2011