February 20, 2014
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.
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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."