Roger Cramton served as Dean of Cornell Law School from 1973-1980 and later was the Robert S. Stevens Emeritus Professor of Law. Following graduation from University of Chicago Law School in 1955, Cramton clerked for the Hon. Sterry R. Waterman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then for Justice Harold H. Burton of the U.S. Supreme Court. A legal scholar since 1957, Cramton taught at University of Chicago Law School and University of Michigan Law School before joining Cornell Law School's faculty. His teaching and scholarship were primarily in the fields of legal ethics, legal profession, conflict of laws and torts, and he served as an advisor on a number of American Law Institute projects: Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers (1999), and Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability (1998). In February 2000, he was awarded the American Bar Foundation's Research Award for lifetime scholarly contributions to research on law and government.