March 14, 2012
In Memoriam: Hunter Tart
I am particularly sad to report the passing of my young colleague John Hunter Tart after a very brief illness. Hunter was a visiting assistant professor at Drexel Law, having joined us just this past August. He was a brilliant mathemetician who, after completing his M.S. at Stanford, chose to redirect his career toward law. He graduated from NYU Law, clerked for Judges John Koetl (SDNY) and Pauline Newman (Fed. Cir.), and joined Drexel immediately thereafter. He had an incredibly deep knowledge of intellectual property law and was a quiet, kind soul. Hunter's passing was entirely unexpected and particularly heart wrenching. He was 38.
Update: I have been receiving inquiries about the memorial service. Details are here.
February 23, 2012
In Memoriam: Katherine Darmer
Mary Katherine Baird Darmer, a professor at Chapman University School of Law, died this past week. Initial details are here. She was 47. Darmer was an expert in criminal law. She was also a founding member of the Orange County Equality Coaltion, a gay righs organization. A candlelight vigil will be held in Darmer's memory at 7 p.m. tonight on the front steps of Chapman School of Law.
January 17, 2012
In Memoriam: Charles Haar
Charles Haar, the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School passed away on January 10. He was 91. Haar joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1952. After becoming an emeritus faculty member at Harvard, he taught at the University of Miami School of Law. He was an expert in land use, urban development and property law. Among his various achievements, Haar was one of the key draftsmen responsible for developing four of President Johnson's important urban policy initiatives: the Demonstration and Model Cities Act of 1966; the Safe Streets and Crime Control Act of 1968; Title IV of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (New Communities); and the Section 236 Affordable Housing Guarantee Program.
January 09, 2012
In Memoriam: Hans Smit
Professor Hans Smit, an international arbitration scholar at Columbia Law School, passed away Saturday. He was 84. Smit, who was born in Holland, was a significant figure both within the law school and in the international legal community. He had been at Columbia for 50 years, having joined its faculty in 1960.
January 06, 2012
In Memoriam: Robert Fletcher
Professor Bob Fletcher, a retired faculty member at the University of Washington, the husband of retired Ninth Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher, and father of Ninth Circuit Judge William Fletcher, died last week. He was 93. He was an active member of the UW faculty from 1956-89 and later taught at Hastings, Seattle, and Vermont.
January 05, 2012
In Memoriam: Daniel H. Benson
On December 28, 2011, Professor Dan Benson passed away. He served on the Texas Tech law faculty from 1973 until 2004, and continued teaching after retirement up until his death. Benson taught in the area of criminal law. He was 75.
December 26, 2011
In Memoriam: Jane Larson (1958-2011)
Alas, another untimely passing to report. Professor Larson was Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, well-known for her work in feminist legal theory across a range of areas. I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.
UPDATE: The Wisconsin memorial notice is here.
December 24, 2011
In Memoriam: Larry Ribstein (1946-2011)
I'm very sorry to report, via Larry Solum, this shocking news. At the time of his death, he held an endowed Chair at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he had taught since 2002. He was well-known for his wide-ranging work on issues in corporate law and securities regulation. I will post links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: Professor Ribstein suffered a massive stroke yesterday, and passed away earlier today.
ANOTHER: Several warm remembrances and tributes here (and scroll down).
AND ANOTHER: The memorial notice from the University of Illinois College of Law.
December 09, 2011
In Memoriam: Carol West
Carol West, Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, passed away Monday. West was an active member of the faculty who taught courses in the areas of family law and women in the law. She had been on the Mississippi College faculty for 36 years, joining at the time Mississippi College acquired the Jackson School of Law in 1975. West was a graduate of the W and the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was 67 years old.
December 07, 2011
In Memoriam: David Bederman
Professor David Bederman of Emory Law School passed away on Sunday. He was 50. Bederman, who received his JD from Virginia and his Ph.D from the University of London, was an international law scholar. He had been at Emory since 1991.