Collection Summary

Creator: O'Connell, Jeffrey
Title: Addendum to the Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell [a]
Accession: MSS 84-3a
Parent Collection: The Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell
Description: 7 boxes
Location: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections before your visit to ensure your papers are available.
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Collection Description & Arrangement

This collection contains O'Connell's working files - mostly drafts, notes and correspondence for writings on no-fault inusrance ca. 1970.

Biographical & Historical Information

Jeffrey O'Connell is a specialist in accident and insurance law and co-author of the principal work that proposed no-fault insurance. Most recently O'Connell has 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 Virginia in 1980 after 16 years at the University of Illinois. He also has taught at the University of Iowa and has been a visiting professor at Northwestern, 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.

U.Va. News Services, "U.Va. Law Professor Jeffrey O'Connell Is Named Among Century's Influential Lawyers," University of Virginia News (accessed November 13, 2015)

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1984
Donor Information This addendum to the Papers of Jeffrey O'Connell was donated to the Law Library in the fall of 1984 by Jeffrey O'Connell.

Content List

Box 4:

  • 1967; After Cars Crash [Correspondence]
  • 1972; Agnew Article by JO'C
  • [1972?]; "Auto Insurance--The Trial Lawyer's Vietnam"--speech
  • 1963-5; Basic Protection Plan--Harvard Job
  • 1964-8; BPP--Memos
  • 1966; BPP--Miscellaneous 1964-8; BPP--JO'C's Diary
  • 1963-4; BPP--Outside Conferences [2 folders]

Box 5:

  • 1964-8; BPP--Statutes
  • 1968-70; Car Insurance and Consumer Desires--Working Files
  • [1969?]; Conference--University of Illinois
  • 1977; Correspondence--Carleton Chapman
  • 1969; Crisis In Car Insurance--Working Files
  • 1973-5; Ending Insult to Injury--Working Files [2 folders]
  • 1982-4; HR 5400 [Health Care Act]

Boxes 5, 6:

  • 1968-9; The Injury Industry--Working Files [10 folders]

Boxes 7, 8:

  • 1974-9; The Lawsuit Lottery--Working Files [16 folders]

Box 8:

  • 1966-70; Libel Insurance
  • 1979; Parade Magazine
  • 1973-6; Payment for Pain and Suffering--Working Files [2 folders]
  • 1964; Personal (University of Illinois)
  • 1976-9; "Plain Talk Policy" [2 folders]

Box 9:

  • 1977-9; Practicing Law Institute [2 folders]
  • 1966-79; Press Releases [4 folders]
  • 1983; Ruedlinger--Student Insurance
  • 1977; Sole Remedies

Box 10:

  • n.d.; Taming the Automobile (Working File)
  • 1976-7; Torts--Miscellaneous 1976; Torts--Reform (Article Draft)
  • 1966; Traffic Safety--Speeches and Press Releases
  • [1960s]; Traffic Safety--Speeches and Notes

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

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