January 19, 2021

In Memoriam: Deborah L. Rhode (1952-2021)

MOVING TO FRONT (ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 9:  UPDATED

A leading scholar of legal ethics and the legal profession, as well as gender and the law, Professor Rhode spent her academic career at Stanford Law School.  I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.

UPDATE:  The Stanford memorial notice is here.

ANOTHER UPDATE:  The NY Times obituary is here.


January 19, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

January 10, 2021

In Memoriam: David Dolinko (1948-2020)

MOVING TO FRONT FROM DECEMBER 31--UPDATED

Emeritus at UCLA, where he spent his entire career (and earned both his J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy), Professor Dolinko was an important contributor to criminal law theory and many topics in substantive criminal law and procedure.  Professor Dolinko succumbed yesterday to COVID.

I will add links to memorial notices when they appear.

UPDATE:   The UCLA memorial notice.


January 10, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

November 18, 2020

In Memoriam: Drew S. Days III (1941-2020)

A former Solicitor General of the United States, Professor Days was also a longtime member of the Yale faculty.  The Yale memorial notice is here.


November 18, 2020 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

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