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.
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.
February 10, 2014
In Memoriam: Andrew Taslitz
I'm very sad to report that Professor Andrew Eric Taslitz - Taz - of American University (where he moved in 2012 after a long career at Howard University) passed away this weekend after a fight with cancer. He was 57 years old.
January 27, 2014
In Memoriam: Roy Schotland (1933-2014)
Alas, another passing to report: Professor Schotland was emeritus at Georgetown and a leading election law expert. Rick Hasen (UC Irvine) has more.
January 26, 2014
In Memoriam: Randall Bezanson (1946-2014)
I am sorry to report that Professor Bezanson, a leading constitutional law scholar and a longtime member of the University of Iowa law faculty (who also served as Dean at Washington & Lee), has passed away.
January 17, 2014
In Memoriam: Abe Dash
Emeritus Professor Abraham Dash, of the University of Maryland law school, passed away last week. He was 86. In 2005, the Maryland Law Review published a lovely series of tributes to Dash. You can read them here.
November 22, 2013
In Memoriam: Myrna Raeder
Professor Myrna Raeder of Southwestern University Law School passed away this week. She joined the Southwestern faculty in 1979. Raeder was 66.
September 12, 2013
In Memoriam: Penelope PetherI am very sad to report that Professor Penelope Pether, of Villanova Law School, passed away on Tuesday. She came to Villanova in 2005, along with her husband, Professor David Caudill. She previously taught at American University. Penny was 55.
September 02, 2013
In Memoriam: Ronald Coase (1910-2013)
Chicago's memorial notice. Professor Coase joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1964, and received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991. He continued to produce scholarly work into his 100s! In a survey of readers several years ago, Coase ranked 4th (after Holmes, Posner, and Dworkin) among the most influential legal thinkers in American law of the past century. It was a remarkable act of foresight for the Law School to hire Coase, who did not have a law degree, and to do so long before interdisciplinary scholarship had become the norm at leading law schools. No doubt many obituaries and memorials will be forthcoming over the next few days; I will try to add links to a few of them.
UPDATE: The Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics here has a terrific set of links to and about his work.
ANOTHER: The New York Times obituary.
AND ANOTHER: Cass Sunstein has a nice explanation of the core ideas of the so-called "Coase Theorem."