Professor Fortney Receives ABA Professional Responsibility Award

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Jun 4, 2024 11:47:00 AM
Professor Susan Fortney

On May 30, Professor Susan Fortney received the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award at the American Bar Association’s 49th National Conference on Professional Responsibility held in Denver. The national award, named in honor of Michael Frank, late director of the State Bar of Michigan, recognizes legal professionals with an outstanding commitment to legal ethics and professionalism.

At the award ceremony, she thanked the many jurists, regulators, bar leaders, insurers, and practicing lawyers who collaborated with her on numerous research studies and projects to enhance lawyer ethics and improve the delivery of legal services. In particular, she noted that efforts on proactive regulation initiatives can advance public protection by helping lawyers avoid ethics problems and professional missteps.Professor Fortney at the 49th national Conference on Professional Responsibility

Fortney is the director of the Program for the Advancement of Legal Ethics at Texas A&M Law. She served as associate dean for research for the law school from 2016-17 and was named a university professor by the Texas A&M Office of the Provost in 2020. Her research focuses on legal ethics and malpractice, lawyer regulation, attorneys’ professional liability insurance, and health care and bioethics mediation. With over 50 published articles and other works, her research has been heavily cited throughout numerous areas in the legal field.

Recently, she has coordinated national presentations for her self-assessment tool, which was developed to assist institutions of higher education with examining and improving how they address and prevent sexual harassment. The tool was funded by the National Science Foundation and draws from years sexual harassment research conducted by Fortney and co-author Dr. Theresa Morris, professor of sociology and director of the Texas A&M Women & Gender Studies Program.

“We congratulate Professor Fortney on receiving this well-deserved recognition from the American Bar Association," said Dean Robert B. Ahdieh, Texas A&M Law Dean and Vice President for Professional Schools and Programs. "Her dedication to research, teaching, and policy reform in the arena of legal ethics and professionalism are directly shaping our current and future legal community."

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