American College of Trial Lawyers honours York Professor Garry Watson

Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Garry Watson (left) has been awarded the prestigious Samuel E.Gates Litigation Award by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The award, which was established in 1980 in memory of Samuel E. Gates of New York, an outstanding lawyer and Fellow of the College, honours a lawyer or judge who has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the litigation process.

In making the award, the American College noted that Watson’s reputation and record of service in teaching advocacy skills and the intricacies of the litigation process to hundreds of law students and lawyers is renowned across North America.

The award will be presented to Watson at the spring meeting of the Fellows of the American College, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona March 4-7, 2004.

Previous recipients of the award have included the Honourable Erwin N.Griswold, former Dean of the Law School of Harvard College; Professor John W. Reed of the University of Michigan Law School; the Honourable Sam C. Pointer, Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Birmingham, Alabama; and the Honourable William J. Brennan, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, among others.