Daynard ABOTA Award

09.24.19 — University Distinguished Professor of Law Richard Daynard will receive the Robert Morris, Sr. Award for Courage in Litigation from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the organization’s Constitution Day Dinner tonight at the Union Club of Boston. Daynard, a pioneer in suing big tobacco, is founder and president of Northeastern University School of Law’s Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), chairs its Tobacco Products Liability Project and helped initiate its new Center for Public Health Litigation.

Under Daynard’s direction, PHAI has played a pivotal role in many tobacco-related high-profile lawsuits, including the $113.3 million verdicts against R.J. Reynolds that were brought by two now-deceased smokers who had been on hooked on Newport cigarettes as minors. PHAI recently took the first step in launching a public health class action lawsuit in Massachusetts against Juul Labs, the maker of the most popular e-cigarette in the United States, for designing and marketing its product to appeal to and addict adolescents.

The Robert Morris Sr. Award for Courage in Litigation honors the memory of Robert Morris, the second black man in the country to be sworn in to a bar and the first to actively practice in Massachusetts.  He was one of the commonwealth’s leading abolitionists and the first African American to argue before an appellate court in the country. The award recognizes those who share Morris’ unusual courage and uncommon courtesy in civil litigation.

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