Duquesne Chancellor Recognized With Lifetime Achievement Award
Duquesne Chancellor and Professor of Law Dr. John E. Murray will be honored by his peers when he is presented with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award at the 8th Annual International Conference on Contracts on Friday, Feb. 22, in Dallas.
A widely recognized legal scholar known for his expertise in contract law, Murray served as Duquesne's 11th president from 1988-2001. He has taught and published on contract law for more than 50 years and, at 80, he continues to teach a full course load in the School of Law. Murray has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, but he said this recognition is particularly special.
"This award is different in that it comes from the people who do what I do," Murray explained. "It's from people who teach and write about contract law around the country and around the world. That indicates that they're aware of my work and that they feel it is worth recognizing, so from that standpoint, I thought it was important. It recognizes what really is my life's work-scholarship and contract law."
The International Conference on Contracts is the largest annual scholarly and educational event devoted to contracts and related areas of commercial law.
Murray is the author of the renowned Murray on Contracts (now in its fifth edition) and Contracts: Cases and Materials, both of which are utilized in law school classrooms across the country. He wrote the revised version of Volume 9 of the 11-volume treatise Corbin on Contracts and recently signed a contract to revise another volume of the series. In addition, Murray served as editor of the Journal of Legal Education for 11 years.
To stay current and for his work in providing supplements twice a year as part of Corbin on Contracts, Murray reads every decided contracts case. Of the approximate 1,000 cases a year, he writes about 120 of them. "I have been able to see how contract law has changed and developed," he said. "The great thing about it-I think it's great, because it's what I do-is the evolution of contract law brings you into different contexts and new problems."
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.