Professor Bainbridge passes along the sad news that UCLA Law’s Arthur Rosett has passed. Professor Rosett my my contracts professor at UCLA in my first year of law school. The LA Times Obituary hits the highlights of Professor Rosett’s legal career:
Arthur was a distinguished legal scholar and esteemed member of the faculty at the UCLA School of Law for over 35 years. His areas of expertise included contract law, international business transactions, comparative law and Jewish law. He published numerous books and articles during his long academic career, and enjoyed lecturing at various institutions throughout the world. Upon graduating from Columbia Law School in 1958, Arthur served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court. During his early career, Arthur also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty 1967, Arthur served as Associate Director of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement (The National Crime Commission).
Arthur will be remembered for his high intellect, his dedication to fairness and justice, his sharp wit and love of life. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda K. Lawrence; his three children David Rosett (Consuelo Ruiz Esparza) of Guadalajara, Mexico, Martha Rosett of Sherman Oaks, CA and Danny Rosett of Westlake Village, CA; his two grandsons Benjamin Rosett and Jacob Rosett; and many other family members and friends who loved him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his name to the following charities: Los Angeles Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, www.parkinsonla.org/ or to Hillel at UCLA, www.ucla.hillel.org Services entrusted to Hillside Mortuary (800) 576-1994.
More than any other class during law school, I remember my experience in contracts and think back to it often as I struggle to improve in teaching contract law to my students at George Mason. Professor Rosett was masterful in the classroom and artful in his teaching methods in ways that I was not capable of appreciating as a young law student — though I do remember an especially entertaining lecture on Frigaliment. I draw upon my experiences in his class as a 1L frequently and am grateful to have had the opportunity to be his student.