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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Mourning a Friend of Academic Support

Professor Adam G. Todd, Director of Academic Support & Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, sadly informed the Blog of the passing of Chris Iijima.

As reported in the University of Hawai‘i newspaper, Chris Iijima, "...beloved law professor, lawyer, teacher, musician, community organizer, and scholar, died peacefully in Honolulu, Hawai`i on December 31, 2005, surrounded by his family. Chris battled amyloidosis, a rare blood disease, for several years with courage and humor. He reached the age of 57 the week before he died."

Many of us had a chance to meet Chris at some of the past LSAC academic support conferences.  He will be missed.

Professor Todd writes, "Chris’ article entitled “Separating Support from Betrayal: Examining the Intersections of Racialized Legal pedagogy, Academic Support, and Subordination” 33 Indiana Law Review 737 (2000) is a must read for academic support professionals."

For those in the New York area, a celebration of Chris' life has been scheduled in March.  Further information about Chris' legacy, visit  (djt)

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