Louis Pollak (1922-2012)

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. Howard Wasserman says:

    Very sad news. I knew his clerks both years I was on EDPa and it looked like the most unique clerkship–a perfect combination of a district court and appellate court clerkship because Judge Pollak spent so much time sitting by designation on the Third Circuit.

  2. Orin Kerr says:

    I met him once or twice, and he seemed like a mensch and a true gentleman.

  3. Shag from Brookline says:

    The NYT obit noted that Judge Pollak would come off the bench at criminal trials to shake the hands of defendants. We may never find out, but I wonder how these defendants reacted. Were those handshakes demonstrative of the presumption of innocence in his court?

  4. Joe says:

    The bit about letting the defendant to be alone with her child and articles like “Louis H. Pollak, Teacher and Friend,” suggest the hand shaking reflects a certain respect for the humanity of the defendants. I don’t know about presumption of innocence. Perhaps. But, like a handshake in the robing room with people you think are very wrong, I think it might go beyond that.

  5. Shag from Brookline says:

    Comment #3 correction: this was based not on a NYT obit but Lincoln Caplan’s column on 5/10/12 at the Editorial Page. (Today’s Sunday NYT has an obit on Judge Pollak that does not make reference to his handshakes but emphasizes his connection with Brown v. Board of Education, a great contribution.