The Insurance Law Center was the inspiration of Robert Googins, the former Insurance Commissioner of Connecticut and the General Counsel of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. Thanks to Mr. Googins' leadership and that of two Law School deans, George Schatzki and Hugh Macgill, the Center opened in 1998.
Professor Tom Baker, now at the University of Pennsylvania, served as the Center's first full-time director. During Professor Baker's eleven years as director, the Center became the focal point for insurance law scholarship in the United States.
As the Center's second full-time director, Professor Patricia McCoy extended the Center's international reach and secured funding for five more full-time faculty who specialize in insurance and financial services law. She is now the Liberty Mutual Professor of Insurance Law at Boston College Law School.