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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Memoriam: Professor Ted Eisenberg (1947-2014)


I am sorry to report the passing of one of the great empirical legal scholars of our day: Professor Ted Eisenberg (Cornell).  Professor Eisenberg, age 66, died on Sunday from a heart attack.  From the Cornell statement:

Known as the “grandfather of empirical legal studies,” Eisenberg was a passionate teacher, beloved colleague, and prolific scholar during his 33 years at the Law School.

A legendary figure in the areas of bankruptcy, civil rights, and the death penalty, Eisenberg has used innovative statistical methodology to shed light on such diverse subjects as punitive damages, victim impact evidence, capital juries, bias for and against litigants, and chances of success on appeal. He is the founder of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Eisenberg taught courses on bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, constitutional law, civil rights, contracts, federal income taxation, and empirical studies of the legal system.



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Ted Eisenberg believed in truth. His work told us much about the civil justice system and countermanded many well-funded myths about it. He will be much missed.

Posted by: John Vail | Mar 2, 2014 1:42:54 PM

This is sad news. Professor Eisenberg was generous with his time and encouragement. He'll be missed.

Posted by: Kyle | Mar 4, 2014 2:17:35 PM

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