This spring, Distinguished University Professor Timothy Lytton was recognized with the 2021 Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship. The Morgan award is presented annually to a faculty member who is engaged in research that advances the academy, profession and law reform efforts.
Over the past two years, Lytton has published extensively, including his newest book Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety (University of Chicago Press, 2019), which was a finalist for the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award. In the book, Lytton examines the current regulatory infrastructure intended to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks and identifies challenges, including financial and political pressures, that impede policy improvements. He then offers recommendations to advance food safety.
Lytton has also served as an expert to policymakers and the media on business liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he is a frequent commentator on gun and opioid litigation. “These various examples of tort law share a common theme of attempting to use the litigation process as a strategy to improve public health and safety,” explains Lytton.
A mentor to other professors, Lytton also serves as the associate dean for research and faculty development.