September 02, 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
August 19, 2013
August 09, 2013
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
June 24, 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.