Monday, October 25, 2010
The New York Times reports that law professor and disability rights advocate Paul Steven Miller passed away at home last Tuesday. The obituary there does a better job than I can at describing his many accomplishments, both within and outside the academy.
Professor Miller started teaching at the University of Washington at the same time I started teaching, as I recall, and we met at a new law teacher's seminar put on by AALS, I think. We exchanged e-mails periodically talking about teaching Torts -- he was an innovative teacher, developing extensive wikis for his classes, among other things -- and about life as a law professor. While he was certainly best-known for his work in the arena of disability law, he was an enthusiastic Torts prof and utterly dedicated to his teaching. I was pleased when he took a position with the Obama administration, and even happier when he returned to teaching. Getting a drink with Paul was something I looked forward to every year at AALS.
Paul was 49 years old and is survived by his wife and two young daughters.