Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Humor and Commitment: Hallmarks of Professor Emeritus Lawrence Frolik

I join my blogging colleague Rebecca Morgan in paying tribute to Professor Lawrence -- no, make that Larry -- Frolik as he takes emeritus status at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Professor Frolik was one of the first people who impressed upon me that elder law was a true field unto itself. We celebrate his faith in developing high standards for practice in representation of older clients, including his work with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the AALS Section on Aging and the Law.  

His publications are legion and his research, writing and teaching go far beyond aging, as he is an expert on tax law, disability law, torts, and more.   

In addition to appreciation of his commitment to education, one of my strongest impressions of Larry is of his ability to use humor to brighten one's day.  The American Bar Association Bar Journal, seeking stories from law students about "the best law professor you ever had," captured this well with one student's response:

"Lawrence Frolik at Pitt Law. Torts, fall semester 1L. He was absolutely terrifying, but it was clear from the get-go that he was a master of the socratic method. So much so that, as long as you weren’t called on, it was great theater. He mixed great wit and insight with teaching. A friend even dressed up as him for Halloween."

I also chuckle in remembering my very first AALS dinner out, following a section meeting, in San Francisco.  I learned then to always carry some extra cash when dining -- and splitting the bill -- with Larry. He has great taste and it was a fun night for all, led by Larry's appreciation for fun and  good humor.  

All good wishes to you, Professor Frolik. I'm sure you are not truly retiring, just finding a different way to inspire us all.  


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