George W. Conk

Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Fellow, Stein Center for Law and Ethics

Email: GCONK@law.fordham.edu
Telephone: 212-636-7446
Fax: 212-923-1990
Office: Room 8-122

Blogs

  • Torts Today - course materials for Torts, Business Torts, and Remedies
  • Otherwise - Commentaries on Law, Language and Politics

Teaching Experience

  • Torts, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility, Remedies, Copyright, at Fordham since 2002
  • Seton Hall Law School, Adjunct Professor, 1995 - 2001; Visiting Professor, 2000. (Intellectual Property, Products Liability, Remedies, Scientific Evidence, Torts II.)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

  • J.D. Rutgers- Newark School of Law
  • M.A. Boston University
  • A. B. College of the Holy Cross


Publications

Peoples Electric - Engaged Legal Education at Rutgers-Newark Law School in the 1960s and 1970s, 40 Fordham Urban Law Journal 503 (2012)

Diving Into the Wreck: BP & Kenneth Feinberg’s Guld Coast Gambit, 17 Roger Williams University Law Review 137 (2012)

We’re All Virtual Lawyers Now, New Jersey Lawyer magazine, December 2011, p. 9

Book review: John Brown’s Trial, Brian McGinty (2009) Concurring Opinions, April 26, 2010

Tort Liability Law of the People's Republic of China (2d official discussion draft December 21, 2008) [translation with Wang Zhu - Sichuan University School of Law] 2009

Herald of Change? New Jersey's Repeal of the Death Penalty, 33 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 21 (2009)

Will the Post 9/11 World be a Post-Tort World?, 112 Penn State Law Review (Dickinson School of Law) 175 (2007)

Punctuated Equilibrium: Why Sec. 402A Flourished and the Products Liability Restatement Languished, 26 The Review of Litigation 799 (2007)

A New Tort Code Emerges in China - An Introduction and Translation of Chapter 8, Tort Liability, of the Discussion Draft, Revised Civil Code of the People's Republic of China, 30 Fordham International Law Journal 935 (2007)

Tort Law, Civil Code of the People's Republic of China (Draft - December 17, 2002), (Chinese-Pinyin-English translation), 10 Si Fa [Private Law Review] 77 (2005), Peking University Press.

U.S. Copyright Law, English-Chinese Cases and Materials, Co-editor with Wang Qian, East China University of Politics & Law, Shanghai (2005), Fordham Legal Studies Research Paper No. 888190.

Reactions and Overreactions: Smallpox Vaccination, Complications, and Compensation, 14 Fordham Environmental Law Journal 439 (2003)

Zhen Zheng De Jian Yan Biao Zhun: Zhuan Li Long Duan Shi Chang Zhong Dui Yao Pin He Yi Liao She Bei Cai Yong De 'Ke Xuan Ze De Geng An Quan De She Ji' (The True Test...), 3 Si Fa [Private Law Review] 200 (2002), Beijing, China. Trans.: Mao Ling, M.A.

The True Test: Alternative Safer Designs for Drugs and Medical Devices in a Patent-Constrained Market, 49 UCLA Law Review 737(2002)

Qinquan Xingwei Fa Chong Shu (Di San Ci): Chanpin Zeren�Zhong You Shi Ji Quexian Ma? (Is There a Design Defect...?'), 1 Si FA (Private Law Review) 206 (2001), Beijing, China. Trans: Wang Qian, PhD, LLM

Is there a Design Defect in the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability?, 109 Yale Law Journal 1087 (2000)

Compared to What? Instructing the Jury on Product Defect Under the Product Liability Act and the Third Restatement of Torts: Products Liability, 30 Seton Hall Law Review 273 (1999)

Legend v. Pragmatism, 3 Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law 9 (1996)

Against the Odds: Proving Causation of Disease With Epidemiological Evidence, 3 Shepard's Expert & Scientific Evidence Quarterly 103 (1995)

Brief of Amici Curiae Physicians, Scientists & Historians of Science o/b/o Ronald Bayer, Stephen Jay Gould, Gerald Bolton, et alii, (co-author). [Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579(1993).]

Public Service

Eric Neisser Public Service Award - 2013, Rutgers-Newark School of Law

Supreme Court of New Jersey:

  • Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics (since 2008. Term expires December 31, 2016)
  • Chair: Committee on General Civil Conflicts of InterestCommittee on Model Civil Jury Charges, member, 1992 - 1996;
  • Subcommittee on Product Liability Charge, member, 1992 - 2000.
  • Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1990; recertified 1997, 2004.

 

Arbitrator - Superior Court of New Jersey - since 2008

New Jersey Law Journal, Editorial Board member (since 2008)

New Jersey's Top 100 Lawyers - Rutgers Law School Alumni Association (2007)

J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, U.S. Department of State, Senior Specialist Grants:

  • 2005 - East China University of Politics & Law, School of Intellectual Property, Shanghai - visiting
  • 2004 - Huazhong (Central China) University of Science and Technology, School of Law, Wuhan, China - Visiting Scholar.

 

Selected Presentations

First Monday in October - keynote address: 'People's Electric: the Legacy of Engaged Legal Education at Rutgers-Newark School of Law in the 1960's and 1970's; Rutgers Law School, Newark, NJ, October 2, 2013.

The Duty to Invent and the Duties of Inventors, Peking University, School of Law - Institute for International Intellectual Property Research, May 2013

Oil Spill Compensation in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bohai Bay, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics (SHUFE), Beihang University (BHU), Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China University of Political Science & Law (CUPL), May 2013

Oil Spill Compensation, U.S. and China, Georgetown Law School - Law Asia, April 3, 2013

Peoples Electric - Engaged Legal Education at Rutgers-Newark in the 1960's and 1970's at 'The Law - Business or Profession - the Legacy of Julius Henry Cohen,' Stein Center for Law & Ethics and Touro Law School, April 23-24, 2012: Peoples Electric - Engaged Legal Education at Rutgers-Newark in the 1960's and 1970's

Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University Law School: 'Diving into the Wreck: BP and Kenneth Feinberg's Gulf Coast Gambit', presented at conference 'Blowout: the Legal Legacy of the Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe', April 13, 2011.

Comparative Studies of Criminal Punishment - U.S. & China, Beijing Normal University, Fangshan Dt. Prosecutor, NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute, December 12-14, 2008: "Reflections on the Repeal of the Death Penalty in New Jersey."

Successful Strategies for Jury Trials, keynote address: The Vioxx Story, Suffolk University School of Law, October 24, 2008

Legislation, Litigation, Reflection, and Repeal: the Legislative Repeal of the Death Penalty in New Jersey, Co-chair, April 14, 2008, Seton Hall Law School, Newark

University of Texas, School of Law, Symposium:Products Liability: Litigation Trends on the 10th Anniversary of the Third Restatement, March 23, 2007: Punctuated Equilibrium

Annual Raynes McCarty Distinguished Lecture in Health Law, Union League, Philadelphia, Widener University School of Law - October 11, 2006: Will the Post-9/11 World be a Post-tort World?

UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Residents' Seminar Series, September 13, 2005, 'Lessons of the Smallpox Vaccination Campaign of 2003'.

United States Senate, Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, witness, Roundtable Discussion: When Terror Strikes - Preparing an Effective and Immediate Public Health Response, July 14, 2005.

Southwest China University of Politics & Law, `Fair Use in American Copyright Law: the Constitutional and Statutory Limits of Exclusive Rights', 12 Annual Conference, Academy for Study of Intellectual Property in Chinese Universities, Chongqing, China, May 19, 2005

Professional Affiliations

Amicus Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association, Member (appointed 2014)

Tulipan & Conk, P.C., North Bergen, NJ (1986 - 2010) [partner, managing partner, of counsel]

American Bar Association, member - Professional Responsibility and Torts & Insurance sections

American Law Institute, Elected Member (2001); Restatement (Third) of the Law: Torts, Members' Consultative Group.

American Association for Justice, member.

New Jersey State Bar Association:

  • State Bar Association designee: Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal (2008-)
  • member, editorial board, New Jersey Lawyer weekly newspaper (1995-2008);
  • member Executive Committee, Civil Trial Bar Section (1988-1994).

 

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023