Friday, August 01, 2014

Berkeley Memorial to Dan Markel

ImageYesterday, a few of us got together in Berkeley to remember Dan and share stories about how he touched our lives. Some of us knew him from the Harvard days and some of us later, as a professor, a thinker, and mostly--an amazing organizer and community builder.

We spoke fondly on Dan's immense capacity to befriend and connect people, not out of self-interest, but simply because that's who he was. Several of us mentioned his enthusiasm for Jewish gatherings and his commitment to religious tradition. And we spoke fondly of the way he connected his scholarship with his commitment to values.

Some of us told stories of being new or lost in a new environment and having Dan invite them for a meal, introduce them to friends, network to help them.

Some of us spoke of Dan's openness, honesty and vulnerability, and his ability to find a spark and a connection with anyone he met based on real connection from the heart; and of his willingness to share with his many friendsa nd colleagues not only the successful and shiny moments, but also the dark teatime of the soul.

And some of us spoke of hearing Dan lecture and debating scholarship and current events with him, of his intellectual integrity and commitment to values, his ideas, and his elegant and articulate verbal skills.

Like everyone else who knew Dan, we are shocked and horrified by his violent death, and can scarcely believe someone we knew as a colleague and friend met such a terrible end. But we spoke of wanting to remember the Dan we worked with, collaborated with, and joked around with. To remember Dan in life, and to have that overshadow whatever revelations emerge in the aftermath of his death.

Because, if anything, Dan was very, very much alive. And what is remembered, lives.

Much love and many hugs to all of you.

Posted by Hadar Aviram on August 1, 2014 at 01:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SEALS

For everyone headed to SEALS on Amelia Island beginning Friday, a reminder of two upcoming events (in addition to everything on the Program):

The first MarkelFest!, co-sponsored by PrawfsBlawg and CoOp, on Saturday, August 2, from 8:30-? in the Seaglass Lounge (located directly off the lobby of the Omni). Beer and other drinks are $ 1 off and lounge food is on the menu. Come continue Dan's tradition of blog-sponsored conference gatherings.

Florida State College of Law will sponsor a formal memorial for Dan on Monday August 4, from 6:15-7:15 in Magnolia D. Approximately 50 people already have expressed  interest in attending and/or speaking; Wayne Logan (FSU) will be reaching out with more details. If you have not responded and are interested in attending, please fill out this form.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bay Area Memorial

Jonathan Simon, Malcolm Feeley, and Ashley Rubin have organized a small Bay Area gathering for Dan's friends at 4:30 p.m., this Wednesday, July 30, at Berkeley Law. You can email Jonathan (jsimon@law.berkeley.edu) or Malcolm (mfeeley@law.berkeley.edu) for more details.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 28, 2014 at 05:28 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink | Comments (3)

First MarkelFest! at SEALS

The first MarkelFest! will be at SEALS this Saturday, August 2, from 8:30-?, in Seaglass Lounge at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Drinks and lounge food are available. Continuing Dan's tradition of blog-sponsored conference get-togethers and now under a new moniker, this is co-sponsored by PrawfsBlawg and Concurring Opinions. Seaglass is located directly off the lobby of the hotel.

Come remember Dan with your best tales and stories and continue his beloved tradition of blog-sponsored gatherings. Hope to see everyone there.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 28, 2014 at 04:30 PM in Blogging, Howard Wasserman | Permalink | Comments (0)

FSU Memoral at SEALS

Florida State will sponsor a formal memorial program on Monday August 4, from 6:15-7:15 in Magnolia D. Approximately 50 people already have expressed  interest in attending and/or speaking; Wayne Logan (FSU) will be reaching out with more details. If you have not responded and are interested in attending, please fill out this form.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 28, 2014 at 04:28 PM in Blogging, Howard Wasserman | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rest in Peace, Dan

Our dear friend Dan was to be laid to rest today. All of us here, and so many others elsewhere, send our love to him, and our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

As his family has noted, memorial donations may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada; to Canadian Magen David Adom; to Shomrei Torah Synagogue; and to Harvard Hillel. If and when further information about donations becomes available to us, we will attempt to provide it in due course. Please be patient with us. 

Posted by Paul Horwitz on July 24, 2014 at 04:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Memorials for Dan Markel (Updated)

So much outpouring of affection for our friend.

1) At Brooklyn Law School as we speak (it began around 5:30). It is on the 22d floor of Feil Hall, 205 State Street (building # 3 on this map). Sorry for the late notice; get there if you can.

2) Correction: The informal gathering at Harvard Hillel happened on Wednesday (yesterday). aplogies for the confusion. You can email Jill Goldenziel at "Jill underscore Goldenziel at hks dot harvard dot edu" for further information. Apparently, HLS Dean Martha Minow and the director of Hillel both indicated a desire to do something more formal in the future. Stay tuned.

3) Funeral and shiva in Toronto on Thursday. You can email any of the perma-Prawfs for more details and information on these events and on memorial tributes.

4) Florida State will sponsor a memorial at the upcoming SEALS Conference at Amelia Island on Monday August 4 from 6:15-7:15, right after a discussion group in which Dan was to participate. Precise location will be announced soon. If you plan to attend, please fill out this form.

5) Also at SEALS, will be the first-ever MarkelFest! on Saturday evening, August 2 (Time and Location T/B/D). As you know, blog-sponsored happy hours have been a regular feature at the major prawf conferences, thanks to Dan's energy and organizational skills. Steve Vladeck suggested that all such gatherings should henceforth be known as MarkelFest!(s) and we agreed.

6) Law and Society's Collaborative Research Network # 27 (Punishment and Social Control), will host a panel in Dan's memory on retribution at the 2015 Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, May 28-31, 2015. Regular Guestprawf Hadar Aviram is co-chairing the group. Anyone whose work corresponds with Dan's or retributivism and is interested in participating on that panel can send an abstract to Hadar.

We will post information about other local gatherings and memorial efforts as we receive them.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 22, 2014 at 05:53 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink | Comments (0)