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."
August 20, 2013
In Memoriam: Judge Joseph McLaughlinJudge Joseph McLaughlin Jr., who joined the Fordham Law faculty in the early 1960's and served as the school's dean from 1971-81, died last week. Since 1981, he has served as a Federal Judge on the Eastern District of New York and the Second Circuit. He was 80.
August 19, 2013
In Memoriam: Michael McIntyreProfessor Michael McIntyre of the Wayne State University School of Law passed away last week. He was 71. He joined the Wayne State faculty in 1975.
August 09, 2013
In Memoriam: Craig Bradley
Professor Craig Bradley, the Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law at the University of Indiana - Bloomington, passed away this week. He was 67. Bradley was a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and joined the IU faculty in 1979.
Update: I have corrected Professor Bradley's age. He was not 70 as I originally reported.
June 25, 2013
In Memoriam: Kathleen BrickeyKathleen Brickey, the James Carr Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence at Washington University School of Law, passed away last week. She was a scholar in the area of corporate and white collar crime. She was 68.
June 24, 2013
In Memoriam: M. Michael Sharlot (1935-2013)
My former colleague died of a stroke this past weekend. Mike Sharlot was the Interim Dean and then Dean of the University of Texas School of Law from 1994 to 2000, and had taught there (primarily in the areas of criminal law and evidence) from 1969 until his retirement several years ago. I will add a link to the UT memorial notice as soon as it appears.
UPDATE: UT's memorial notice.