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University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Tribute to a Legendary Professor

Robert Stein Delivers Nathanson Memorial Lecture and honors the late Carl Auerbach

Robert A. Stein, the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, spoke on the future of capital punishment in the United States at the 33rd Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture in September 2016. This lecture series was established in 1984 to honor Nathaniel L. Nathanson, an esteemed law professor who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The series brings distinguished speakers to the University of San Diego to discuss issues of national significance.

Stein was a close friend and colleague of Professor Carl Auerbach, who taught at and served as dean of University of Minnesota Law School prior to joining the faculty at USD School of Law in 1985.

Auerbach passed away on April 6, 2016, at the age of 100. Prior to this year’s Nathanson Memorial Lecture, a memorial service for Auerbach was held, which was attended by many of his colleagues, family, friends and former law students. Speakers at the service included Stein, who succeeded Auerbach as dean, and USD School of Law professors Jack Minan, Larry Alexander, Mike Devitt, Laurence Claus and Roy Brooks, who remembered Auerbach’s commitment to his students and contributions to the legal profession.