In 1994, Professor of Law Michael I. Krauss became the law school’s first recipient of the university’s “Teacher of the Year” award for his engaging and challenging approach in the classroom. Born in the United States but raised in Canada, Professor Krauss speaks legalese in two languages. He earned his B.A. from Carleton University, his J.D. summa cum laude from the Université de Sherbrooke, and his LL.M. from Yale Law School. He was named a Commonwealth Scholar at that time. He was also Columbia University’s Law and Economics Fellow in 1981. He has been teaching at George Mason since 1987, and has also taught at the law schools of Seattle University, the University of Toronto, the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of Haifa and the Université de Paris/Sorbonne/Panthéon.
Hired as a law clerk by Justice Louis-Philippe Pigeon of Canada’s Supreme Court, Professor Krauss practiced corporate law for Québec City’s largest law firm before entering academia. He also served for five years on Québec’s Human Rights Commission. He has served as president of the Virginia Association of Scholars and on the Board of Governors of the Education Section of the Virginia State Bar, where he is currently a member of the Legal Education Task Force. He was elected to full membership in the American Law Institute in 2008.
Professor Krauss teaches Torts, Legal Ethics and Jurisprudence, and has a strong interest in national security issues. His research on torts and ethics is nationally known, and his Legal Ethics course typically fills up within 90 seconds of enrollment opening. He co-authored the first two editions of Legal Ethics in a Nutshell 2003 and 2006. His Principles of Products Liability was first published by West in 2011, with the second edition appearing in January 2014.
Professor Krauss was on leave in 2010, in part at Princeton University as a Madison Fellow. He loves motorcycling across the country almost as much as he loves being a law professor.