February 02, 2022

In Memoriam: Lino Graglia (1930-2022)

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.


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January 07, 2022

In Memoriam: Lani Guinier (1950-2022)

A leading contributor to scholarship on civil rights, voting rights, and Critical Race Theory, Professor Guinier was emerita at Harvard Law School, where she had taught since 1998.  I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.

UPDATE:   An obituary from the Boston Globe, and a memorial notice from HLS.

ANOTHER:  The NYT obituary.


January 7, 2022 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

January 03, 2022

In Memoriam: Douglas A. Kahn (1934-2021)

A leading tax law scholar, Professor Kahn taught at the University of Michigan Law School for more than a half-century.   He passed away in late October of last year.   There is an obituary here.

(Thanks to Anita Bernstein for the pointer.)


January 3, 2022 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

December 27, 2021

In Memoriam: Stephen D. Sugarman (1942-2021)

A leading scholar in two different fields--torts and education law--Professor Sugarman was a member of the Berkeley Law faculty since 1972.  I will add links to memorial notices as they appear.


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December 08, 2021

In Memoriam: Leon Gabinet (1927-2021)

A longtime member of the Case Western law faculty, Professor Gabinet was still teaching tax law until about two months ago!   The Case Western memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Erik Jensen for the pointer.)


December 8, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

August 12, 2021

In Memoriam: Arnold Loewy (1940-2021)

A well-known expert in criminal law and procedure, Professor Loewy spent nearly forty year on the law faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, before retiring and taking up a chair in the law school at Texas Tech University.  There is an obituary here.

(Thanks to Wayne Logan for the pointer.)


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July 05, 2021

In Memoriam: Mathew McCubbins (1956-2021)

A leading and influential scholar of the legislative process, Professor McCubbins was, at the time of his death, a professor in both political science and law at Duke University.  The Duke Political Science memorial notice is here.


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June 22, 2021

In Memoriam: Jack Weinstein (1921-2021)

A longtime member of the Columbia Law School faculty and a district court judge in New York, he was also well-known for his scholarship on evidence, civil procedure and mass torts.  The Columbia memorial notice is here.


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June 04, 2021

In Memoriam: Mary Kay Kane (1946-2021)

Longtime faculty member and Dean at the University of California, Hastings, where she was emeritus, Professor Kane was a leading expert on civil procedure.  Current Hastings Dean David Faigman's memorial announcement is here.


June 4, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink

May 19, 2021

In Memoriam: Christopher Stone (1937-2021)

A longtime member of the law faculty at the University of Southern California, Professor Stone was probably best-known for his contributions to environmental law.  The USC memorial notice is here.

(Thanks to Scott Altman for the pointer.)


May 19, 2021 in Memorial Notices | Permalink