Thursday, October 11, 2007
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
It is with sadness that I recently read of the passing of Lawrence A. Sullivan at the age of 84. Though I never met Larry in person, I was well acquainted with his large body of work and his important contributions to antitrust. Southwestern Law School has a tribute page to Larry that offers evidence of how one person can make an impact in this field. It is worth reading the entire posting. I have excerpted some of the background paragraphs:
Professor Sullivan first began teaching law as a visiting associate professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, upon completion of a judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Calvert Magruder of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He spent the following decade and a half in private practice with the Boston firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot where he became a partner. Returning to Berkeley in 1967, Professor Sullivan went on to serve as Acting Dean of the law school, Director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute, and in 1979 was named as the first Earl Warren Professor of Public Law.
After becoming professor emeritus at Berkeley in 1991, he joined the Southwestern faculty where he was honored as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 1997 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2002. He taught antitrust, intellectual property, regulation and deregulation in the telecommunications industries, European Union, and software and internet law, among other courses, and played a key role in the development of Southwestern's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. He took emeritus status in 2005.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his B.A. in Economics in 1948, Professor Sullivan earned his J.D. in 1951 at Harvard Law School where he served on Law Review. In 1978, he was a Guggenheim Fellow and in 1984, he was a Fellow of the Max Planck Institut fur Auslandisches und Rechtsvergleichung in Hamburg, Germany.
Professor Sullivan wrote several books and chapters and dozens of articles on antitrust. Along with his colleague, Southwestern Professor Warren Grimes, he recently published a revised and expanded edition of The Law Of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook, considered a standard reference for students, practitioners and the judiciary. In May 2007, both professors were named winners of the Fifth Annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for the second edition (2006) of their treatise. Professor Sullivan's casebook, with E. Fox, Cases and Materials on Antitrust, is also used in law school antitrust courses around the country.