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Friday, December 09, 2016

Professor Michael L. Rich

Michael L. Rich of Elon law passed away Wednesday, after a several-years illness. Michael was a guest prawf in April of this year and wrote movingly about his experiences and challenges balancing his prawf life with a terminal illness.

Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends (in and out of the legal academy), and Elon colleagues.

(Thanks to Eric Chaffee (Toledo) for sharing the news).

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 9, 2016 at 10:03 AM in Blogging, Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Elon Law lost a tremendous teacher, scholar, mentor, and colleague, Mike's commitment to Elon, and particularly the work that he did in service of its new legal education program -- after his cancer diagnosis -- was a marvel of professionalism and dedication. More broadly, the legal community has lost a scholar of immense talent, whose foundational work in policing and algorithmic computing will inform future scholarship and policy for years. That he was also beloved by his students demonstrates that he was truly the ideal law professor and colleague. Our world is much poorer in Mike's absence.

On a personal note, Mike was a close colleague and even closer friend. His integrity, humor, candor, and enormous insight will be missed dearly. Even though Mike is no longer with us, his character and integrity will inspire me for the rest of my days, and I consider myself fortunate to have known and worked closely with him these past several years.

My thoughts and prayers are with Mike's wonderful wife Amy Minardo, as well as Mike and Amy's beautiful daughters. May Mike's memory be a blessing to all.

Posted by: Dave Levine | Dec 11, 2016 7:02:30 AM

Michael was one of the nicest, and most engaged - and most innovative - law teachers I've ever met. Ours was the school that he wrote about in that extremely moving post about the illness, and all of us in Calgary today are grieving for his family. Vale, Michael.

Posted by: Ian Holloway | Dec 10, 2016 1:11:16 PM

Michael was such a kind person. He was a talented scholar and very smart, but his attention to others' needs shone through and seemed alway to come first for him. He'll be missed.

Posted by: Steven R. Morrison | Dec 9, 2016 5:51:57 PM

So tragic. I'm glad I got to know him a bit at conferences over the years. And like you, I was touched by his blogging about his illness.

Posted by: Adam Kolber | Dec 9, 2016 4:28:49 PM

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