Jeffrey O'Connell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law, passed away last week. He was 84. O'Connell, a torts and insurance scholar who was an early proponent of no-fault insurance, graduated from Harvard Law. Over his career, he also taught at Illinois and Iowa, and visited at a number of other schools.
I took an advanced torts class from O'Connell and found him to be kind, generous, and incredibly smart. He had a chest of wonderful war stories that enlivened class. Granted, he went on a bit about the merits of no-fault insurance, but who can blame him? In sum, he was a great teacher and scholar who shall be missed.