May 21, 2019
May 20, 2019
April 10, 2019
March 11, 2019
Alas, there are a lot of passings of notable figures in the legal academy the last couple of days: Robert Summers, emeritus at Cornell where he spent four decades, who was well-known for his work on commercial law and legal theory, has also died. The Cornell memorial notice is here.
(Thanks to Brian Bix for the pointer.)
I was shocked to learn of the passing of Bill Powers, former Dean of the Law School and President of the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a leading authority on tort law. I was fortunate to be his colleague and to serve on the faculty at Texas when he was Dean; he was a brilliant and shrewd leader, with excellent academic values and judgment, and great people and political skills. He improved both the Law School and the University. He was also a popular and beloved teacher. The UT Austin memorial notice is here.
March 10, 2019
I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Professor Ellmann, a longtime member of the New York Law School faculty, and a leader in clinical legal education and an expert on the law of human rights and South Africa in particular. There is a lovely tribute from the NYLS Dean here and an obituary here. I had never met Professor Ellmann, but had corresponded with him over the years, and we had an instructive debate (instructive for me certainly) about experiential education here.
(Thanks to Robert Condlin for the pointer.)
February 02, 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.
January 14, 2019
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.)
December 31, 2018
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.