An icon of the industry, Bill practiced transportation and administrative law for 52 years. After ďretiringĒ from the firm of Augello, Pezold and Hirschmann of Huntington, New York, he continued to consult with and present expert testimony for the transportation industry and members of the bar from his office in Tucson, Arizona. Bill remained active until his final days. At the time of his passing he was an Adjunct Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
Bill received a Bachelorís of Science degree in Psychology at Dartmouth College and an LL.B at Fordham Law School. He was also on the faculty of Denver Universityís Intermodal Transportation Institute and at the Institute of Logistical Management, having served on both Boards of Directors. He was Coordinator for Transportation Law Education at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade in Tucson, AZ, where he served as Co-Chairman of its Sub-Committee on Uniform Liability Regime
Prior to Billís passing the University of Arizona Law Center established a scholarship fund in Billís name which Bill learned of with great pleasure and pride in his final days. Donations in memory of Bill may be sent to:
Law College Association Ė William J. Augello Scholarship for
Transportation and Commercial Law Studies
James E. Rogers College of Law
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
Billís Last Books
Billís text, Freight Claims in Plain English, written in collaboration with George Pezold, continues to be the leading text on carrier liability for loss, damage and delay. The Fourth Edition was completed prior to the time of his passing, was published in 2009, and is now available for purchase.
Billís Last Interview
Shortly before the time of Billís passing he was interviewed with the understanding that the interview would not be released until after his passing. Click here to listen to the interview.
William J. Augello passed away on the morning of November 19, 2006 at his home in Marana, AZ. Bill was diagnosed earlier in the fall with an aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Billís fascination with the law and his desire to share it with others continued throughout his illness virtually until the day of his passing.
Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Augello, and six children; Tom, Pat and husband Tom, Chip and wife Cheryl, Billy, Peg and husband Norman, and Jamie, and, four grandchildren; Ryan, Nathan, Travis and Casey.
He served as a member of the U.S. State Departmentís Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He was a founder and member of the Board of the National Freight Transportation Library, the Shippers National Freight Claim Council, the Transportation Arbitration Board and the Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council.
Bill has been honored by Syracuse University (Harry E. Saltzberg Honorary Medallion), the Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity (National Transportation Man of the Year), Transportation Lawyers Association (Distinguished Service Award) and the Colorado Transportation Communityís Operation Stimulus (Outstanding Educator of the Year).
Bill wrote extensively for several industry trade publications, and at the time of his passing was a columnist for Parcel Shipping and Distribution, Inbound Logistics, as well as Dun & Bradstreetís Exportersí Encyclopedia. He argued before the United States Supreme Court and numerous U.S. Courts of Appeals, testified before Congressional Committees and appeared before governmental regulatory agencies and carrier Classification Committees.
As Executive Director for 30 years of the Transportation Logistics Council (TLC) and its predecessors, Bill provided continuing education to thousands of students and practitioners in the transportation and logistics fields through his many texts, seminars and editorials in TransDigest, TLCís monthly newsletter.
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