Thursday, April 7, 2016
My former San Diego colleague Bert Lazerow kindly shared the USD Dean's message about Professor Auerbach's passing and his extraordinary career:
I am sorry to inform you that our beloved colleague, Carl Auerbach, died early today at the age of 100, after a short illness.
Carl Auerbach was nothing less than a legend. His distinguished career of public service, teaching and scholarship began before World War II. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1938, Carl worked at the Department of Labor (1938-40) and in the Office of Price Administration (1940-43) before serving in the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) of the U.S. Army in Europe from 1943 to 1946. His intelligence services as an officer in the OSS and then on the Allied Control Council in Germany were nothing short of heroic and played a vital part in establishing post-war peace and freedom in Western Europe. When he returned to the U.S. in 1946, Carl served in important positions as General Counsel of the Office of Price Administration and Associate General Counsel of the Office of Economic Stabilization. In 1946, he entered academia and joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he taught for 14 years before moving to the University of Minnesota in 1961. Carl then taught at Minnesota for 28 years, serving as dean of the University of Minnesota Law School for seven years from 1972-79. He joined our faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985. In addition to visiting at USD, he also held visiting appointments at the University of Iowa, University of Utah, UCLA and Uppsala University law schools and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
Carl was the author or co-author of three books. He also published nearly 70 articles on administrative law, civil rights, constitutional law, legal education, law and the social sciences and other significant legal topics, many of them in leading legal journals and other influential publications. His landmark article “Jury Trials and Civil Rights,” published in the New Leader in 1957, is often credited with providing the blueprint for compromise that led to the passage of the first civil right legislation. Among his other awards, he was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute.
Carl was a passionate and popular teacher during the 27 years he taught at our law school. From 1985 to 2001, he taught two courses each spring, from a menu that included Professional Responsibly, Administrative Law, American Legal History, Legislation and European Union Law. From 2002 until his retirement in 2012, he taught a seminar on the Law of American Democracy, which drew both on his scholarship and his life-long experience in politics and public service. In December 2015, the Board of Trustees of USD bestowed upon Carl the title of Emeritus Professor Law.