A leading historian of the Common Law, Professor Simpson taught at Oxford University, the University of Kent, the University of Chicago and, from 1987, at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was emeritus.
I am very sorry to have to report the untimely and sudden death of Professor Nagareda, a gifted teacher (he visited at Texas when I taught there, and the students raved about him) and leading civil procedure scholar, best-known for his work on class actions. There is a memorial notice from Vanderbilt here.
I am sorry to report that the distinguished First Amendment scholar, and longtime faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, passed away suddenly on December 8. You can find out more about his career and work from his Penn homepage.
I am very sorry to report that my friend and former colleague at the University of San Diego School of Law, Fred Zacharias, passed away after battling cancer over the last year. Fred was a leading scholar in the field of legal ethics, and played an important institutional role in upholding academic excellence at San Diego. There are some very nice memorials and recollections from current and former colleagues and friends, including Larry Solum, Bruce Green, Orly Lobel, and Mike Rappaport.