July 22, 2014

Law professor Dan Markel shot to death in his home

We're saddened to report that law professor Dan Markel, who wrote frequently on the subject of punitive damages, was shot to death in his Florida home last Friday.  He was only 41 years old.  Apparently, the local police are treating the shooting as a homicide but have not yet identified any suspects.  Above the Law has more details.

Prof. Markel wrote a variety of thought-provoking pieces, many of which were discussed on this blog.  Indeed, this blog devoted far more attention to his writings than the work of any other legal academic.  See posts linked below.  He was a terrific legal scholar who will be sorely missed.

Related posts:

Yet more from Prof. Markel on taxing and deducting punitive damages awards

Two new law review articles on taxation of punitive damages

More from Prof. Markel on tax policy and punitive damages

NYT Op-Ed on taxing punitive damages

Prof. Dan Markel responds to criticism of law review article

"Taxing Punitive Damages"

New law review articles on punitive damages

Prof. Dan Markel previews article: "Taxing Punitive Damages"

"Through the Looking Glass: A Respose to Professor Dan Markel's Retributive Damages"

Commentary on Prof. Dan Markel's punitive damages theory

Forthcoming law review article: "How Should Punitive Damages Work?"

Dan Markel invites feedback on retributive damages article

Dan Markel's article on retributive damages