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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

In Memoriam: Richard E. Speidel (1933-2008)

The fields of contracts and commercial law (as well as ADR) lost an important scholar and a wonderful gentleman Saturday.  At the time of his death, Dick Speidel was the Beatrice Kuhn Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University School of Law and a half-time professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.  A longtime collaborator of James J. White and Robert Summers, with whose UCC hornbook and treatise I assume all our readers are familiar, Dick served from 1991-1999 as reporter for Revised UCC Article 2 -- an experience he recounted in Revising UCC Article 2: A View from the Trenches, 52 Hastings L.J. 607 (2001).  Among his many other books and articles are Studies in Contract Law (7th ed. 2008), which he co-authored with Ian Ayres (and previously with the late Edward J. Murphy), Commercial Transactions: Sales, Leases, and Licenses (2d ed. 2004), which he co-authored with Linda J. Rusch (who served from 1996-1999 as associate reporter for Revised Article 2).

USD Law Dean Kevin Cole posted this brief tribute.

UPDATE: Northwestern posted this obituary that appeared in The Chicago-Sun Times on Sept. 14.

[Keith A. Rowley]

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