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Monday, December 26, 2011

R.I.P. Jane Larson

It's been a tough week. Via Brian Leiter (and some emails from law school friends):

Jane Larson, who was the Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin and a leading feminist scholar, died recently (no details have come out yet). Jane began her career at Northwestern and I had her for property as a 1L, and she was terrific teacher (she won the primary teaching award there two of the three years). I remember having a clerkship interview in which the judge asked me what law school class I unexpectedly enjoyed; my answer was Property and I think it was mainly due to Jane's teaching. I didn't agree with her on a lot of stuff, particularly where free speech and feminism intersected (a hot topic in the mid-'90s). But she was always willing to talk and debate with her students.

Update: UW Law School's public statement is here.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink

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I only just learned of Jane Larson's death, and I'm still a bit stunned. I had her for Property at Northwestern, too. She was always interesting, always informative--and always available for students with questions--even for an abrasively conservative one like me (we hadn't yet lived through the Bush administration's sundry horrors; now I'll never be able to share with her my conversion to saner, more humane politics). An outstanding class; an outstanding teacher.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | Apr 23, 2012 3:42:55 PM

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