When Allan Axelrod, William J. Brennan Professor of Law Emeritus at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, died in August of 2008, he was collectively described by family, friends, colleagues, and former students as a legendary figure in the history of the law school. His memorial service included a videotaped tribute by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who taught at the law school from 1963 to 1972, and remarks by almost two-dozen speakers.
One of those speakers, Joseph Barry, Class of 1965, together with other former students and Rutgers colleagues, created an endowed fund to honor Allan Axelrod’s memory by strengthening the subject areas in which Axelrod had the most interest – Commercial Law, Property, Gambling Law, Shakespeare With a Legal Bent, Lincoln and the Law, and Legal Realism. Barry has now given $100,000 to the law school to enhance the teaching, scholarship, public discussion, and study of Professor Axelrod’s extraordinarily diverse and varied interests. The ultimate goal of the endowed fund is to establish a Faculty Chair or Professorship in Axelrod’s name.
“Allan Axelrod was a respected and beloved teacher to many thousands of Rutgers law students for more than four decades,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. “We are very grateful to Joe Barry for helping to perpetuate Allan’s reputation as one of the ablest, most penetrating, and most exciting law teachers of his – or indeed of any – era.”
“I feel very fortunate,” said Barry, retired president of Applied Development Company, “that not only was Allan Axelrod an inspiring teacher but also a marvelous friend for more than 40 years. The special classes in his name covering the many topics that interested him and were the subject of his wit and exposition are a fitting tribute to him and his 47 years at Rutgers School of Law–Newark.” | Read Story