July 19, 2014

In Memoriam: Dan Markel (1972-2014)

I am very sorry to report the horrible news that Professor Markel, a well-known criminal law scholar and theorist at Florida State, has died, apparently murdered during an attempted robbery of his home in Tallahassee on Friday.  (The details are unclear at this point, I will post more as soon as I know more.)

UPDATE:  This news item confirms that he was shot and died of the gunshot wound.  The circumstances of the shooting and the perpetrator remain unspecified.

ANOTHER:  From what colleagues at FSU tell me, Prof. Markel was murdered after opening the door of his home, though whether as part of a robbery or something else is unclear.  It's just ghastly.

AND ANOTHER:  His colleagues at PrawfsBlog have posted a memorial notice, and the thread is open for remembrances and condolences.

MORE:  Local police have confirmed they are investigating the crime as a homicide, without any mention of robbery, attempted or otherwise.

JULY 21:  Local police now confirm that Prof. Markel's murder was "targetted," not a random act of violence.  I would imagine there are a rather limited number of people with the requisite motive, so we may hope a perpetrator of this heinous crime will be apprehended soon.

ANOTHER UPDATE:  I did not know Dan Markel nearly as well as many others who have written movingly about him (see, e.g., here, and here and here).  We met a couple of times, I knew a bit about his criminal law scholarship, and we corresponded periodically, often about legal academia and "blog stuff."  One thing I always liked about Dan was his forthright manner and his ethical standards, so rare in the blogosphere.  During his years of running the successful Prawfs blog, he was always good about moderating comments and deleting nonsense, and never hesitated to identify, expose and, if necessary, ban cyber-miscreants; he succeeded in making Prawfs a place where a serious, adult discussion could actually sometimes take place in cyberspace!  He was feisty and principled, and admirably so (I felt that way even when I disagreed with the principles!).  In addition to his collegial and scholarly constrributions (to which the many on-line testimonials attest), he also made the "blawgosphere" a better and more interesting place.  Like so many others, I deeply regret his passing and extend my deepest condolences to his colleagues, his family and his many close friends.

AND MORE:  The FSU memorial notice is here.

A FINAL UPDATE:  Based on the latest reports from police, it is clear that Prof. Markel was the victim of a pre-meditated murder.  Who was behind it is still unknown, but I suspect there is quite a lot that is not yet known.

Posted by Brian Leiter on July 19, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

May 05, 2014

In Memoriam: Gary Becker (1930-2014)

The distinguished economist had a profound impact as well on legal scholarship, including the work of many of my colleagues (he also, in recent years, held an appointment in the Law School).  The Chicago memorial notice is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on May 5, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

April 15, 2014

In Memoriam: Peter Tiersma (1952-2014)

A pioneer in research at the intersection of linguistics and the law, Professor Tiersma taught for a quarter-century at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  The LLS memorial is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 15, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

April 03, 2014

In Memoriam: Alan Bromberg (1928-2014)

A leading corporate and securities law scholar, Professor Bromberg was a member of the SMU law faculty for more than a half-century.  The SMU memorial notice is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on April 3, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 17, 2014

In Memoriam: Eddie Ohlbaum

Temple University Law Professor Edward Ohlbaum passed away last week.  He had been on the Temple faculty since 1985.  He was 64.

Posted by Dan Filler on March 17, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 12, 2014

In Memoriam: B. Sharon Byrd

Law and philosophy scholar, Sharon Byrd, passed away last week in Erlangen, Germany.  She was a professor in the Law and Language Center at Friedrich Schiller University Jena and trained in the U.S. (holding a JD from UCLA and a JSD from Columbia.)  

Posted by Dan Filler on March 12, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 10, 2014

In Memoriam: Joseph L. Sax (1936-2014)

A memorial notice here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 10, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 06, 2014

In Memoriam: Sarah Tran

SMU Law Professor Sarah Tran passed away last week after a battle with leukemia.  

Posted by Dan Filler on March 6, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 24, 2014

In Memoriam: Theodore Eisenberg (1947-2014)

I am sorry to report the startling and unhappy news that Professor Eisenberg, a longtime member of the Cornell faculty and a pioneer in "empirical legal studies," has passed away.  The Cornell memorial notice is here.

Posted by Brian Leiter on February 24, 2014 in Faculty News, Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 20, 2014

In Memoriam: George Anastaplo

Loyola-Chicago law professor George Anastaplo passed away earlier this week.  He was 88.  He joined the Loyola faculty in 1981.  In addition to his work as a faculty member, he may be best known for being denied admission to the Illinois Bar because he refused to answer when the Bar asked whether he was a member of the Communist party.  He litigated the matter up to the Supreme Court where the Court ruled 5-4 that Illinois was within its rights to deny him membership.  

Updated to clarify eliminate any implication that Anastaplo was affiliated with the Communist party and to include a link to an obituary.

Posted by Dan Filler on February 20, 2014 in Memorial Notices | Permalink