June 30, 2020

In Memoriam: Edward Kleinbard (1951-2020)

A leading tax scholar and practitioner, Professor Kleinbard had taught at the University of Southern California since 2009.  USC Dean Guzman's memorial announcement is here.  Blog Emperor Caron has collected some memorials here.


June 30, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

May 20, 2020

A law professor felled by COVID-19 after a 50-year teaching career

Blog Emperor Caron has a very nice memorial for his colleague Jim McGoldrick, who taught at Pepperdine for a half-century, where he was clearly a beloved teacher; from Dean Caron's memorial:

As a faculty member and then Dean, I witnessed first hand Jim's incredible talent and dedication as a teacher. Courtney and I have hosted hundreds of students in our home for dinners in my three years as dean, and we always go around the table asking students which professor has had the biggest impact on them. Jim's name is mentioned time after time after time -- the students simply loved him. And Jim loved his students. I will never forget discussing with Jim how we could minimize the impact of his COVID-19 illness on his students moments before he was to be put on a ventilator. I am in awe that, in that scary moment, Jim's main concern was his students.


May 20, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

April 24, 2020

In Memoriam: Barbara Allen Babcock (1938-2020)

A longtime member of the Stanford faculty, where she taught civil and criminal procedure, Professor Babcock also wrote widely about women  in the legal profession.  The Stanford memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Paul Caron for the pointer.)


April 24, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

April 22, 2020

In Memoriam: Joel Reidenberg (1961-2020)

A longtime member of the Fordham Law faculty, Professor Reidenberg was well-known for his work on data and privacy law, work that was foundational for the whole field of Internet law.  The Fordham memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Ethan Leib for letting me know about Professor Reidenberg's passing.)


April 22, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 25, 2020

Regarding memorial notices

It is not possible to record the passing of every member of the legal academic community.  I try only to post memorial notices for faculty who are likely to be nationally known for their work.  I'm sure I sometimes make mistakes of omission, for which my apologies.


February 25, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

February 18, 2020

In Memoriam: Francis McGovern (1945-2020)

A longtime member of the Duke law faculty, he was also a regular visiting professor of law at the University of California, Hastings.   He was an expert on products liability and mass tort litigation, and served as the court-appointed "special master" in many major tort cases involving opioids, silicone implants asbetos, lead paint and others.  I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.

(Thanks to Scott Dodson for the information.)


February 18, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

December 02, 2019

In Memoriam: David L. Shapiro (1932-2019)

A longtime member of the Harvard faculty, Professor Shapiro was a leading authority on the federal courts.  The HLS memorial notice is here.


December 2, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

October 11, 2019

In Memoriam: Oscar Gray (1926-2019)

A well-known torts scholar, Professor Gray taught for a quarter-century at the University of Maryland, where he was emeritus.  There is a memorial notice here.

(Thanks to Robert Condlin for the pointer.)


October 11, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

August 30, 2019

In Memoriam: Norman Lefstein (1937-2019)

Professor Lefstein taught for many years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before serving nearly fifteen years as Dean at the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, Indianapolis, where he was emreitus.  The McKinney memorial notice is here.


August 30, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

July 13, 2019

In Memoriam: James A. Henderson, Jr. (1938-2019)

A leading authority in the fields of torts and products liability, Professor Henderson taught for nearly thirty years at Cornell Law School.  The Cornell memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Anita Bernstein for the pointer.)


July 13, 2019 in Memorial Notices | Permalink