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March 20, 2015

In Memoriam: Larry Schlam

Professor Lawrence Schlam of Northern Illinois University College of Law passed away March 7.  Schlam was one of the original members of the NIU Law faculty.  He was 72.


March 20, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 19, 2015

In Memoriam: Robert Pitler

Professor Robert Pitler of Brooklyn Law School passed away this week.  He was 74.  Pitler joined the Brooklyn Law faculty in 1988.


March 19, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 18, 2015

In Memoriam: Dave Frohnmayer

Dave Frohnmayer, a former Dean of the University of Oregon School of Law - and later, the University's President - died last week at the age of 74. 


March 18, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 17, 2015

In Memoriam: Charles Rice

Professor Emeritus Charles Rice of the University of Notre Dame Law School passed away late last month.  He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1969.   Rice was 83.


March 17, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

In Memoriam: William Wilks

William Wilks, a long-time legal academic who served as Dean of the Dickinson School of Law and later as President and Dean of the South Texas School of Law, died last month.  He was 83.


March 17, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 26, 2015

In Memoriam: Monroe Freedman (1928-2015)

A leading figure in legal ethics, Professor Freedman spent the first part of his career on the faculty at George Washington University, before moving to Hofstra University as Dean in 1973, where he then spent the remainder of his academic career.  There is a brief memorial notice here.


February 26, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 16, 2015

In Memoriam: Marvin Chirelstein (1928-2015)

Professor Chirelstein, a 1953 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a leading tax scholar of his generation, taught at Yale Law School and then, from 1981 (with a brief stint in full-time practice as well) at Columbia Law School, where he was emeritus.  I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:  Prof. Jeffrey Gordon (Columbia) writes:  "Perhaps one thing to highlight is his corporate finance book co-authored with Victor Brudney, 1st ed. 1972, which opened the way to interdisciplinary scholarship in corporate law, as influential a book in its realm as say, Hart & Sacks or even Hart & Wechsler.  Marvin also taught a generation of law students who made exceptionally important contributions, including Jack Coffee,  Ron Gilson, Merritt Fox, and Roberta Romano but also many others.   By the way,  Marvin was in the same class as Robert Bork, and, according to a recent essay in Greenbag on Bork and Dworkin, Bork was a groomsman at his wedding." 

ANOTHER:  Columbia's memorial notice.  (Thanks to Keith Rowley for the pointer.)


February 16, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 12, 2015

In Memoriam: Harvey Goldschmid

Harvey J. Goldschmid, the Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia University, passed away today.  He joined the Columbia Law faculty in 1970 and was an expert in securities and antitrust law and corporate governance.  His career included a stint as a commissioner of the SEC. He was 74.


February 12, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

January 20, 2015

In Memoriam: Henry G. Manne (1928-2015)

Professor Henry Butler at George Mason kindly shared this obituary:

Henry Girard Manne died on January 17, 2015 at the age of 86. A towering figure in legal education, Manne was one of the founders of the Law and Economics movement, the 20th century’s most important and influential legal academic discipline.

Manne is survived by his wife, Bobbie Manne; his children, Emily and Geoffrey Manne; two grandchildren, Annabelle and Lily Manne; and two nephews, Neal and Burton Manne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geoffrey and Eva Manne, and his brother, Richard Manne. 

Henry Manne was born on May 10, 1928, in New Orleans. The son of merchant parents, he was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Central High School in Memphis, and graduated with a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1950. Manne received a JD from the University of Chicago in 1952, and a doctorate in law (SJD) from Yale University in 1966. He also held honorary degrees from Seattle University, Universidad Francesco Marroquin in Guatemala and George Mason University. 

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January 20, 2015 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

December 23, 2014

In Memoriam: Jeremy Blumenthal

Professor Jeremy Blumenthal of Syracuse University School of Law passed away last week.  He was young and still early in a very productive career.  


December 23, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink