Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I just learned the terrible news that a legal writing colleague, Professor Suzanne Ehrenberg of Chicago-Kent School of Law, has succumbed to cancer. I didn't know Suzanne well; early in my teaching career two decades ago we shared a podium at a legal writing conference where we were both speaking about a similar topic. After that, since we both lived in different parts of the country, we'd only occasionally run into each other at a conference here or there.
Then seven years ago I was diagnosed with cancer myself. I'd never had any serious health problems so it was a real shocker to say the least. Although we probably hadn't been in touch for years, out of the blue Suzanne reached out to me, making a generous donation to a cancer fundraising campaign on my behalf. I've never forgotten that gesture which says much about the kind soul Suzanne was. At moments like this, when someone you've known is suddenly gone - life seems like an illusion. Rest in piece, Suzanne.