In Memoriam: James A. Henderson Jr.

James A. Henderson Jr., the Frank B. Ingersoll Professor of Law Emeritus at Cornell Law School, died July 2 at the age of 81.

Professor Henderson was considered a giant in tort law and products liability, his scholarship and teaching addressed theoretical, practical, and process concerns in the fields of products liability and torts. 

An ALI member for over 40 years, he served as co-Reporter of Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Products Liability, which was completed in 1998. Professor Henderson testified extensively on torts, products liability, and insurance before the Senate and Congress, as well as before numerous state legislatures. He also served as a special master for the World Trade Center first responders’ litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

After graduating from law school, Professor Henderson clerked for Warren L. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then taught at Boston University Law School for twenty years before joining the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1984 and teaching there for 29 years until his passing.

Read his memoriam piece from Cornell Law.