RIP, Taz

Professor Andrew Taslitz (Taz) passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. The loss to the criminal justice community and many of us personally is immeasurable. From even before I joined the legal academy, he was incredibly kind and generous with me. He has always been and will be continue to be an amazing inspiration. He was truly one the most caring, thoughtful, and wonderful people that I have ever met. It is a tragedy that he was taken from us too soon.

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  1. Alexander Tsesis says:

    I can think of no better friend than Andrew Taslitz. I first met him when I was writing while still in practice. Richard Delgado introduced us. From the moment I met Taz (by e-mail at first) he never ceased to be my mentor. He gave meticulous care to every draft article I sent him. He advised me about teaching and grading, advice that I will always cherish because he was one of the best teachers in the country. He was there at every stage of my career, always there to give me advice on scholarship, service, and pedagogy, always there to write a reference letter for tenure and review. Andy was absolutely irreplaceable. On my first book project, he gave me the best advice of any peer reviewer, so much so that I added two chapters and a chunk of another to the work to meet his profound insights. Besides the many times he helped me, I remember speaking to him about tenure review letters he was writing and others’ books he was reviewing for presses. He had an enormous amount of energy and took on deeply meaningful leadership responsibilities to work with other criminal professors and practitioners. His students at Howard Law gave him the nickname “Taz”, like “Tazmanian Devil” in the Bugs Bunny cartoons, because of the frenetic energy he radiated.

    For those of you who didn’t know him. He was the best friend to his wife Patty, a lawyer. He loved Star Trek and spending time with their dogs. He was a wonderful son, who cared for his parents. He was a beautiful person like no other. He had a laugh that was contagious. He was irreplaceable.