February 02, 2019

In Memoriam: William Van Alstyne (1934-2019)

One of the leading constitutional lawyers of his generation, Professor Van Alstyne taught from 1965 to 2004 at Duke University, and then from 2004 to 2012 at the College of William & Mary, where he was also emeritus.  The William & Mary memorial notice is here and the Duke memorial notice is here.


February 2, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

January 14, 2019

In Memoriam: David W. Robertson (1937-2018)

It has only just come to my attention that my former colleague and longtime faculty member at the University of Texas School of Law, David W. Robertson, passed away at the end of last year.  A leading authority on admiralty law--his 1970 Admiralty and Federalism is widely cited by the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court--he was also a scholar of tort law, as well as a very popular teacher.  The UT memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Dennis Hutchinson for calling Professor Robertson's passing to my attention.)


January 14, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

December 31, 2018

2018: well-known law professors whose passing was noted on the blog

We noted the passing of these well-known legal scholars during 2018:   David Caron, Robert W. Hamilton, Geoffrey Hazard, Jr., Robert O'Neil, Robert Pitofsky, Ronald Rotunda, Lynn Stout, and Alan Watson.  If you click on the "memorial notices" category (in which this post also appears) and scroll through, you can often find more information, including (often) links to obituaries.


December 31, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

November 14, 2018

In Memoriam: Alan Watson (1933-2018)

A leading authority on Roman law, legal history, and comparative law, Professor Watson taught for many years at the University of Georgia and, prior to that, at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Georgia memorial notice is here.


November 14, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

October 09, 2018

In Memoriam: Robert Pitofsky (1929-2018)

A leading figure in antitrust, he was also Dean of the law school at Georgetown (where he taught for many years) as well as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission from 1995 to 2001.  The Georgetown memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Daniel Crane for the pointer.)


October 9, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

October 08, 2018

In Memoriam: Robert M. O'Neil (1934-2018)

Law professor, First Amendment and academic freedom expert, and former leader of both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia; the Washington Post obituary is here.


October 8, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

April 16, 2018

In Memoriam: Lynn Stout (1957-2018)

I'm sorry to report that Professor Stout, a leading figure in corporate law at Cornell (and who taught previously for many years at UCLA), has died of cancer.  I will add a link to the Cornell memorial notice when it appears.

UPDATE:  The Cornell memorial notice is here.


April 16, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

March 22, 2018

In Memoriam: Ronald Rotunda (1945-2018)

Well-known for his treatises and textbooks in both constitutional law and legal ethics, he taught for a quarter-century at the University of Illinois, then at George Mason University, and, most recently, at Chapman University.  There is an informative obituary from the ABA Journal here.


March 22, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 21, 2018

In Memoriam: David Caron (1952-2018)

International law scholar and lawyer David Caron, and longtime member of the Berkeley faculty, who became Dean of the law school at King's College, London some five years ago, has died.  I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.

(Thanks to Dean Rowan for the pointer.)

UPDATE:  A memorial notice from KCL.

ANOTHER MEMORIAL NOTICE from Berkeley.


February 21, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 05, 2018

In Memoriam: Robert W. Hamilton (1931-2018)

I was sorry to learn of the death of my former colleague Robert W. Hamilton, longtime member of the UT Austin law faculty and author of many well-known and widely used texts related to corporate law.  (Professor Hamilton took his law degree from Chicago, though well before my time needless to say.)   Although we did not share scholarly interests, we shared many enjoyable barbecue lunches over the years; he was, indeed, a warm and gracious colleague.  There is a very nice memorial notice from the local newspaper here.

(Thanks to Michael Churgin for letting me know.)


February 5, 2018 in Memorial Notices | Permalink