September 15, 2022
MOVING TO FRONT FROM SEPTEMBER 13--UPDATED
A longtime member of the Jurisprudence & Social Policy faculty at Berkeley's law school, Professor Lieberman had only retired earlier this year. He was well-known for his contributions to legal history, especially the intellectual history of legal theory. There is more at the Legal History Blog from legal historian Dan Ernst (Georgetown). I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: A memorial page from the JSP program, along with remembrances from friends, colleagues and former students. (Thanks to Chris Kutz for the pointer.)
September 12, 2022
A longtime member of the University of Pennsylvania faculty, where he was emeritus, Professor Wachter was well-known for his contributions to labor law and economics and, more recently, corporate law scholarship. The Penn memorial notice is here.
(Thanks to Matt Lister for the pointer.)
August 25, 2022
I'm very sorry to report the untimely passing of Professor Sherry Colb, a longtime member of the Cornell Law faculty, who wrote widely on criminal procedure, evidence, feminist jurisprudence, and animal rights, among other areas. There is a memorial notice from her husband, the law professor Michael Dorf, here.
UPDATE: An here's a nice example of Professor Colb's suitably angry and scathing assessment of the Dobbs opinion and Justice Alito (which Professor Dorf alludes to in his memorial).
June 08, 2022
Dean of the law school at North Carolina Central University since 2020, Dean Lewis wrote widely in the areas of artificial intelligence, assisted reproductive technology, environmental racism, and inheritance law. There is an announcement from the NCCU Chancellor here and a memorial notice from the University of Minnesota Law School, of which Dean Lewis was an alumna.
(Thanks to Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig for the pointer.)
June 07, 2022
A longtime member of the University of Chicago Law School faculty, Professor Dam was an expert on issues of domestic and international economic law and policy. He also held important positions in both the public and private sector. The Chicago memorial notice is here.
May 02, 2022
April 23, 2022
A longtime member of the University of Houston law faculty, where he was emeritus, Professor Olivas was a leading expert on higher education law and immigration law, and served in many public capacities, including as General Counsel of the AAUP, as President of the AALS, and as Interim President of the University of Houston-Downtown. A UHD announcement is here, and a memorial notice from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund is here.
February 17, 2022
February 16, 2022
MOVING TO FRONT FROM JANUARY 31-UPDATED
Professor Kamisar, a leading figure in criminal procedure who spent most of his career at the University of Michigan Law School, was known as "the father of Miranda," as Justice Ginsburg noted in her tribute to Kamisar upon his retirement. I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.
UPDATE: The NYT obituary is here.
February 02, 2022
Professor Graglia taught for fifty years at the University of Texas School of Law, where he was only recently emeritus. The Texas memorial notice is here.
I was Lino's colleague for 13 years, and like many who disagreed with him about almost every political question, I found him to be a very congenial colleague, who never shed his roots as an Italian-American kid from New York City. One amusing anecdote on that score: Lino, being a staunch conservative, was also a really staunch anti-communist (I remember him praising John Silber for firing the communists on the faculty at Boston University!). However, Lino had nothing but fond recollections of Vito Marcantonio, the radical congressman from Manhattan, who was well-known in Lino's youth.
UPDATE: Professor Tom Baker (FIU) kindly shared the following amusing anecdote from Professor Graglia's article, "The Open-ended Clauses of the Constitution," 11 HARV. J. & PUB. POL’Y 87, 87 (1988).
The topic I have been assigned * * * reminds me of a conversation I had a little while ago with a professor of classics. After telling me how much he enjoyed teaching Thucydides, he expressed the view that it was terrible that law professors should be paid more than professors of classics. I told him the reason for this was clear: In his line of work he gets to read Thucydides while in mine I get to read Harry Blackmun, and surely he would agree, that is worth a few bucks. When I read Thucydides, I noted, I don’t get paid either.