Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Professor Lou Sirico

It's with a very heavy heart that I let our readers know Professor Lou Sirico, the co-editor of the Legal Skills Prof Blog, passed away at 8:13 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Lou had recently been diagnosed with cancer. To say that I'm devastated by the news doesn't adequately describe the emotions running through my mind right now. More than a great friend, colleague and mentor, Lou was a guiding presence in my life, helping me through some very difficult times including the death of my mother and my own battle with cancer out of which this blog was born. Lou was cut from a different cloth than others. Indeed, I can't think of anyone else who can come close to filling the void left by him. 

I'll write and post here a more formal tribute to Lou in the days ahead after I've had time to collect my thoughts and find the right words to describe the kind of person Lou was to those who knew him. In the meantime, our thoughts go out to his family and the many people who loved and cared about him.


Rest in peace sweet man. We will not see the likes of you again.


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I’m so saddened by this loss. Deeply saddened. Lou was a gentleman and a giant in our field. In an academic community filled with kind, supportive people, Lou’s generosity was unmatched. In the past few years, he advised me on two different projects. If that’s true for me, then it’s surely true for many. In this life, we hope to intersect with special people who are gifted yet programmed toward selflessness, kindness, and support. Every person who interacted with Lou knew that they’d found one of those special people. My heart goes out to his family — and to his academic family. — Mark Cooney

Posted by: Mark Cooney | Dec 28, 2018 8:08:49 AM

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Lou was my 1L Property professor. He was a steady voice in a turbulent time in my life. Then I graduated, practiced law, and decided I wanted to teach. When I called him for advice, he was honest and real. When I returned to Villanova after many years of teaching legal writing, he took the time to give me a tour of the new building. He taught me a lot about the law, life, and teaching with compassion. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by: Alison Kehner | Dec 27, 2018 9:02:35 PM

Lou was one of the most active and supportive mentors of our discipline. He wanted us to have a forum to write and to commune about legal scholarship so he successfully brought us the workshop model. He was also unfailingly kind and encouraging about our work. I have several crystallized memories of him talking to me about my articles and what he had taken away from them.
Rest In Peace, Lou. You were much loved by your peers and the world will be a bit lonelier without you.

Posted by: Ruth Anne Robbins | Dec 27, 2018 8:15:33 PM

This is so sad, Jim. He was a friend to so many. He already is missed.

Posted by: joanheminway | Dec 27, 2018 7:25:15 AM

Thank you for this beautiful tribute, Jim. It is very sad news, indeed.

Posted by: Debbie | Dec 26, 2018 6:27:42 PM

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