Collection Summary

Creator: O'Connell, Jeffrey
Title: The Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell
Accession: MSS 84-3
Description: 3 boxes
Location: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections before your visit to ensure your papers are available.
Photograph Collection: View 0 digitized photographs
Digitized Content: 1 objects
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Collection Description & Arrangement

This collection includes research materials and clippings, professional and personal correspondence, publishing and editing material for many books, and information on O'Connell's method for public speaking. In the latter category are numerous letters to and from presidential candidates and their staffs, including Jimmy Carter, Edmund Muskie, Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart.

Biographical & Historical Information

Jeffrey O'Connell was a specialist in accident and insurance law and co-author of the principal work that proposed no-fault insurance.  O'Connell designed an "early offers" plan where businesses facing personal injury lawsuits could promptly pay injured parties for out-of-pocket medical expenses and lost wages.

After O'Connell graduated from Harvard Law School, he was a trial lawyer in Boston with the firm of Hale & Dorr. He came to the University of Virginia in 1980 after 16 years at the University of Illinois. He also taught at the University of Iowa and was a visiting professor at Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington, and Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. He was the recipient of Guggenheim fellowships in 1973 and 1979. In 1989 he was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge University and, in 1991, the John Marshall Harlan Visiting Distinguished Professor at New York Law School. In 1992 he received the Robert B. McKay Award for Tort and Insurance Scholarship from the American Bar Association.

O'Connell has served on the board of directors of Consumers Union, the Educational Advisory Board of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Medical and Safety Committee of the NCAA.

Since 1966 he has written or co-written 12 books dealing with accident law, published dozens of articles on tort and insurance law, and lectured extensively throughout the United States and the world.

Professor O'Connell died January 6, 2013.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1984
Donor Information The Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell were donated to the Law Library in May of 1984 by Jeffrey O'Connell.

Content List

Box 1:

  • 1979; Correspondence: A-V [24 folders]

Box 2:

  • 1979; Correspondence: W-Z [2 folders]
  • 1980; Correspondence: A-Z [9 folders]
  • 1981; Correspondence: A-C

Box 3:

  • 1981; Correspondence: D-Z [8 folders]

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell, MSS 84-3, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library

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