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Monday, April 25, 2011

Mourning The Loss Of Craig Callen

Craig Callen, a professor at the Michigan State University College of Law and one of the foremost Evidence scholars in the world, passed away on Saturday. News of his passing was posted on the Evidence Professor listserv last night at 8:43 P.M., and already numerous prominent Evidence professors have chimed in with thoughts about how wonderful he was as a teacher, scholar, and, more importantly, person. Craig was actually the first Evidence professor with whom I interacted after law school. In my third year of law school, I had written a short piece about Brady v. Maryland and the circuit split over whether the failure to turn over inadmissible can form the basis for a Brady violation.

At that time, I didn't know much about writing law review articles or the law review submission process, but I did know that I wanted to be an Evidence professor, and I was aware of the excellent International Commentary on Evidence. Craig was the Editor-in-Chief of ICE, and I submitted my piece to the journal, having no expectation that it would be accepted for publication. To my surprise, I got a personal e-mail from Craig informing me that the Editorial Board really enjoyed the piece. Of course, there were tons of flaws with it, and Craig did a terrific job of working with me on improving it, really teaching me about what constitutes good legal scholarship. Without that advice, I don't know that I would be a law professor today. He will be missed.



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Craig Callen was my evidence and civ pro professor in law school, and, now that I am private practice, I think about him daily. He was not only a law professor, but he was also a first rate philosopher. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Posted by: John Di Giacomo | Aug 20, 2011 6:43:02 AM

It is 2:00 am and I have an important question about the admissibility of evidence in a Federal case. I was thinking about Professor Callen. I searched his name on Google and learned of his death. It is such a shame that the legal profession lost such a gifted scholar and wonderful person. I graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 2002. The accomplishment that I am most proud of during my time at law school was when I received the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence from Professor Callen. When it came to a teacher/student relationship, we just "clicked." I was able to understand the complexities of Evidence as he taught and it quickly became my favorite class in law school. I wish I could talk to him right now. Thanks for your post and the opportunity to express my feelings about the greatest professor who ever taught me.

Posted by: Kammie B. Lee | Sep 20, 2013 12:02:52 AM

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