Georgetown University Law Center mourns the loss of Professor Roy A. Schotland, who died on Sunday, January 26.
"Roy was an integral part of our campus for more than four decades, having joined Georgetown Law as an associate dean in 1970," said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. "Even after retiring, he maintained a strong connection with the Law Center. His enthusiasm for taking on tough issues — such as campaign finance reform and the financial security of retirees — and advocating vigorously for the solutions he believed in will endure as an example to us all."
Professor Schotland's memorial service will be at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St NW, on Friday, January 31 at 12:30 p.m.
I was privileged to not only have had the chance to be one of Prof. Schotland's students, but also to work for him for a year as a research assistant (2002-2003). For giving me both an opportunity to learn from a giant in his field and my first law-related job after starting at Georgetown University Law Center, I owe Prof. Schotland a great debt.
I helped Roy with a paper on social investing by construction industry pension plans back in 1979 at Georgetown Law. He was always one of my favorite professors. I enjoyed reading his son's eulogy.
Roy was such a dedicated professor. Never failed to speak to a student in need or help one! He did stand out in my mind as one of the memorable professors! Aloha from Hawaii, Roy. You will be missed.
Professor Schotland was one of my favorite and memorable professors. I really came to appreciate his exacting analysis and careful perusal of the issues. He will be missed.
I had the great good fortune of studying under Roy Schotland in the early 1980s. What a powerful introduction into the nuances and tipping points of the law. I'll never forget the way the inflection in his voice would rise at the end of a sentence when he was challenging lazy thinking. He will visit me often.
When I applied to the law school in 1969, Professor Schotland interviewed me - he was inspiring, listened to my story and thanks to him I was admitted - I owe him a tremendous debt.
Condolences to Prof. Schotland's family. Prof. Schotland was my teacher in Legislation, class of 1980. He was fun and interesting and supportive as a teacher. I often used him as a reference even though I did not maintain contact with him over the years. He was that memorable as a person that I still feel some sadness at his passing. He was entertaining even to my young son who often accompanied me to law school and he taught me that yogurt was good for your health, although I could never understand how he could stand plain yogurt for lunch.
I am very sorry to hear about the passing away of Prof. Schotland. I had the pleasure to work with hin during my LLM studies at Georgetown 20 years ago and his course on campaign financing was by far the most interesting of the entire program. I visited him again a few years ago and found him as interested and interesting as 20 years ago. My condolences go to his family. Best wishes from Munich, Germany
RIP Professor. You were one of the greats.
I am forever grateful for Professor Schotland's guidance, generosity, and example in our lives. His dedication changed lives and shall be remembered by many. Thank you professor, you live on in our memories.
I first met Roy in early 1975 as a second year student when he hired me to work with him on a research project for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. That let to a position in pension regulation at the U.S. Department of Labor and, then, to a career in private practice as an ERISA lawyer . We stayed in touch intermittently over the years, most recently, in June of last year, when we exchanged e-mails regarding a letter he had sent to the New York Times. He was a lively, engaged individual and a wonderful mentor. He set an example for others in so many ways and will certainly be missed.
We will always miss Roy, for his dedication to students, to Georgetown, and to intellectual rigor. Roy was responsible for making it possibly for law faculty to invest their retirement savings in two institutions in addition to TIAA-CREF, namely in Fidelity and in Vanguard. Many benefited from his efforts.
Sara and Joey: I will miss the invitation that only Roy could give: " ya, got time for a cuppa". For 26 years Roy made time for me, supported me and shared his keen insights on the financial services industry with me. The vigorous conversations we had about art, politics, administrative law history and financial intermediation took place over many cups of coffee, lunch, or just sitting in my office. He never adhered to the stale heirarchies of seniority. He would bound into my office with an idea, or a bold critique. I was always flattered that he listened intently to my ideas about economic justice and encouraged the development of my creative voice. I loved Roy’s delightful, crotchety brilliance. He was a font of blunt talk, inside financial institutions knowledge and outsider skepticism. He welcomed me here and maintained his connection with my work, cheering me on and goading me to become the next generation of Georgetown faculty focused on the economic justice impacts of the financial services industry. I will miss him.
I am stunned and heartbroken to hear about Roy's passing. A true light has gone from this world. Without a doubt, that light and presence lives in us — both in our memories of a truly amazing and wonderful person, but hopefully also in our daily actions. I am so glad this memorial page exists where we can put down our memories for others to see. In particular, I hope students will visit this page and remember their teacher. I know Roy touched and inspired and helped so many of us -- students, faculty and staff alike. He will be so sorely missed.
Many colleagues and friends have attested to the breadth of Roy’s intellectual and artistic interests. Mine is a modest addition to his legacy. I joined the Georgetown faculty after several periods of law practice, a job in Africa and a period with the Legal Adviser’s Office of the Department of State during which my “client” was the Bureau of African Affairs. Roy was primarily responsible for determining teaching assignments and scheduling at the time. I told Roy that I wanted to put together a seminar that would be called “Law in Developing Countries.” He asked about the idea, which was not necessarily common in U.S. law schools in the early 1970's, and which was rather outside of his professional and academic experience to that time. I explained that the idea was primarily the product of my work in and about Africa, but that the range of issues would extend to other parts of the world as well. I called it an “excuse” and a “trick.” It would be an excuse for students with experience or interests in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia to undertake research in the law and legal cultures of such countries. The trick was that all countries consider themselves to be developing; and the study of radically different legal cultures could provide deeper understanding of essential elements of U.S. law and policy. Roy not only approved my seminar, he volunteered to co-teach it with me. As a result, during my first year at Georgetown, I was privileged to be able to learn from such a gifted, intelligent and wise colleague. As reported by many others, Roy’s interest went far beyond the classroom. He often allowed himself to pursue those varied interests in a way that enriched Georgetown students and faculty. A good example of his efforts was the creation of a series of informal sessions that he called “Wit and Wisdom” in which faculty members were invited to discuss a broad range of issues and interests with any students wise enough to join the discussion. As my colleagues have said so eloquently, the Law Center is a far better place because Roy worked and lived among us, and we are grateful for the blessing of his friendship.
Roy had a significant impact on my career. In the early 1970s he strongly suggested (and when Roy suggested something, it had extraordinary persuasive force) that I consider teaching food and drug law. I took his advice and have found the subject of lasting import and endless fascination. When Georgetown Law embarked on the “Great Legislation Experiment” and I was assigned to teach the subject to first-semester first-years, I quickly turned to his terrific teaching materials (which used auto-safety legislation as a case study), and faithfully audited his classes. His help was indispensable. He was one of a kind, and we'll miss him.
I prepared to teach, for the first time, the legislation course that he had helped to pioneer. I ended up adapting for my own course the very thorough and original auto safety regulation case study that he had created (his own special Hart and Sacks enterprise). I also audited his course in administrative law before teaching it for the first time. I will always be grateful for his generous assistance and support. In his four-credit administrative law course, Roy was ahead of his time in creating problem-based materials to supplement a traditional casebook. He was interested in the odd nooks and crannies of the law of government, such as whether the Commodity Futures Trading Commission could constitutionally establish a small claims tribunal in which one private party could make a claim against another private party. He inspired his students to think for themselves rather than merely to absorb the wisdom of casebook authors. And in his later years, he sounded the alarm, probably more than anyone else in the country, about the dangers of unregulated campaign contributions to elected judges. The nation has lost a scholar and advocate who took on an important issue about which few others have cared to bang the drum.
I went to law school with Roy (he was a year ahead of me) and we clerked together at the Supreme Court, he for Justice Brennan and I for Justice Goldberg. Our bosses were close friends and Roy and I were in and out of our bosses’ chambers all the time. So our friendship goes back a very long time and one of the great pleasures for me when I came to Georgetown was that we reconnected, this time for life. Georgetown is a marvelous place for all of us, but joining Roy and a long list of others with whom I had worked or gone to school or just knew was very special. And of course I learned quickly that Roy was responsible for much of what had happened to make Georgetown the great place it had already become. He was a wonderful colleague and we will miss him very much.
Roy is the one who brought me and Georgetown together, for which I have always been enormously grateful. He always had a vision that Georgetown should be a great law school, and firm and sound ideas how that should be done. This sometimes caused some friction with those who had other ideas, but thank goodness Roy was dogged enough to prevail and he accelerated the upward spiral Georgetown Law was on. It was rumored that he got certain guarantees before he accepted the associate deanship in the earliest days. He was particularly strong in believing in the importance of writing and scholarship in the hiring process. His work to expand choices for our retirement funds, long before he had any thought of retiring, is legendary. His presence at Georgetown and in the world will be sorely missed. Thelma and I send our deepest condolences to Sara and the family.
Roy took a great interest in me when I was a newbie and encouraged me a lot in my teaching of Ad Law. We also talked a lot about art, which he loved and knew so much about -- an ongoing conversation that continued right up til the last time I saw him late last semester. We always shared with each other what art exhibits we had seen. And yes, I appreciated that he never lost his zeal for writing and intellectual pursuits. I will miss him.
Roy and I joined the faculty one week apart in the spring of 1970. It was a time when Sherm Cohn, Don Schwartz, Jack Murphy, and others were actively pushing to move Georgetown into the top tier of law schools. Roy had been at Virginia and he was a hugely instrumental part of forging the path to the new Georgetown. He joined the faculty as Associate Dean, and I joined as Assistant Dean, and we worked hard together to create diversity in faculty hiring and the student body, and to fashion the school's first long-range plan with ambitious goals. In many ways, Roy is an unsung hero. He understood quality and was determined to get us there as fast as possible. It is sad to learn of his death. The institution is deeply in his debt.
In addition to what others have already noted, Roy also was very involved internationally. Along with administrative law colleagues from around the US (Peter Strauss, Michael Asimow, Ed Rubin) and a few China specialists (Stanley Lubman et al.), Roy worked for over a decade with The Asia Foundation to bring administrative law reform to China. He was a key participant at an early organizational conference in Dalian and remained committed to the work - tirelessly advising senior and junior Chinese colleagues to promote new legislation and important improvements to the rule of law in China. He will be sorely missed on both sides of the Pacific.
I’m another member of the faculty who was recruited by Roy. He was also a wonderful source of advice and counsel over the years because he cared so deeply about the institution. He will be missed.
I’m much moved by Mitt’s remembrances. I owe my Georgetown position to Roy and, equally sadly, to my closest friend on the faculty, Don Schwartz. When I was at Arnold & Porter, Georgetown was looking for someone to be an adjunct professor to teach Corporations. I had known Roy from the time I first moved to Washington and, when he called, it didn’t take much to persuade me to do it. It led to Business Planning the following year and to a permanent spot the year after that. Roy had a breadth of knowledge, of intellectual curiosity, and a willingness to be provocative when most of us would rather not have confronted difficult issues both at the Law Center and the outside world. Retirement for Roy did not mean shutting down; I saw him regularly as he went into his office to continue his writing. I will miss him, as will those who knew him throughout his rich life.
I was a student and research assistant of Roy’s. During my third year, he mentioned to me that he had a student who had struggled in his class the semester before, but who he believed had great promise. Roy was always especially sensitive to the challenges faced by minority students, and he felt that this student could do better if he only had an idea of how to approach the material and prepare for class. He asked me if I would be willing to tutor the student during the current semester to help him surmount his difficulties. By that point, I had obtained clerkships with Ruth Ginsburg on the DC Circuit and (with Roy’s help) Justice Brennan. I had written my law journal note, and would soon be leaving the law journal board. In short, I had little left to prove. Moreover, I had benefited from a background quite different from the student whom Roy asked me to tutor. Nonetheless, I mumbled something about being concerned that I might not have enough time. “Not enough time for this?” he asked. As his question hung in the air, I felt – there is no other word for it – ashamed. Ashamed at my self-absorption; ashamed at my meager sense of generosity. I agreed to tutor the student, his grades improved (mainly through his own tenacious efforts), and Roy was thrilled to learn of this progress. Roy had a fire that burned fiercely; so fiercely that it sometimes was intimidating. It was comprised, however, of a piercing intelligence, a deep reservoir of compassion, and an uncompromising commitment to justice. That fire never wavered until today. I feel grateful to have been touched by it, and to have become a better person because of it.
As a part of the faculty committee (the called the Faculty Affairs Committee) that recruited and hired Roy, it was a pleasure to come to know him and work with him. I second all that has been said about Roy. He was one of those individuals who helped to build the foundation of the school we now know. All of us have benefited from his work, his caring, and his humanity. He will truly be missed.
The first time I went out to a dinner with Roy -- and with a workshop presenter whom he had taken apart in the Q&A -- Roy spent twenty minutes waxing poetic about an exhibition of Japanese prints at the Freer/Sackler. I later went to see it. The show was great, and all the better for Roy having first shared his enthusiasm. The last time we had lunch, which was just in May, Roy was completely taken with the exhibition on Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes at the National Gallery, which I "absolutely had to see," and led to a long talk about the birth of modernism. What a delight. The last email I have from Roy was asking whether I could help find a way for him to mentor a few 1Ls from disadvantaged backgrounds who needed some assistance getting the hang of law school. We were supposed to have more lunches together, which I will miss greatly.
In 1975, Roy was a leader in experiential education. As a 3L that year, I was a student in Roy’s federal legislation clinic. (Georgetown had the first two legislation clinics in the country, the other being Jason Newman’s local legislation clinic). Roy was an original; he modeled many of the methods that we are still honing today: placements or clients on Capitol Hill, weekly reflection sessions with a professor, training in legislative drafting and writing skills, student presentations, peer critique, and more. Roy organized many seminars like a salon in which he would preside in the style of Charlie Rose with a diverse array of senior practitioners. The room would sparkle with insight, and Roy would draw his students into that conversation. He was letting us know that lawmaking was more than politics and certainly more than an academic subject. In Roy Schotland’s world, lawmaking was about thoughtful people who commit years to master a subject and then relate their scholarship and experience to support the needs of elected, accountable public officials. My students over the years might not have been aware of it, but Roy Schotland has been with us in every class. This week, I will take a moment to let them know the many ways in which Roy has shaped their education.
I arrived at Georgetown University Law Center in the fall of 1979 from Amherst with a mission of impossible broadness, to represent the vanguard on the humanities and social sciences--in a setting in which broad claims were regarded with sharp and even corrosive suspicion (much to the ultimate benefit of the scrutinized, but not a contribution to one's inner serenity.) Roy was challenging, erudite, passionate and skeptical at once---but it quickly became clear that his toughness was his version of exquisite hospitality. I also found him to be a connoisseur of the arts, a European traveler, a person of high sensibility not quite disguised as determined common sense. Indeed, I recall our first lunch (with some other veterans, Joe Page and Jack Murphy) in that restaurant at the corner of New Jersey and Massachusetts whose owner held out for so long when his land was sought for the library. Over the years, Roy was always there with ideas and observations, an untiring knight in the tournament of the spirit. He bore affliction bravely, and will be missed as colleague and friend,.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words. My dad was humble; he didn't tell my sister and me about his accomplishments and impact, so your memories are wonderful for us to hear. As for his time spent with his family, please know that my father was the best dad humanly possible: incredibly loving, supportive, interesting, and fun. Thanks again and please carry on your good work for justice.
As his student in Administrative Law (my favorite course!), I can attest that Roy used those additional materials Phil mentions (complete with handwritten notes in the margin) to great effect. Because he was my favorite professor, I went on to take other classes from him, including campaign and election law (another terrific course!), and he also supervised my final research and writing “capstone” project about regional EPA offices and encouraged me to publish. We always enjoyed comparing notes on judicial elections and political mischief in my home state (Louisiana). I felt so privileged to return to Georgetown Law and reconnect when we were both on the 4th floor of McDonough. I saw first-hand what others here are writing about: how generous he was in meeting at length with junior colleagues to go over teaching materials. He always had an encouraging word for me as well – as a student and later as a colleague and a friend. He was so incredibly smart and so supportive. Interesting and interested. I will truly miss him.
Dear Friends: Georgetown has lost another of its pillars…… For over 10 years Roy and I shared taking students out for lunch or dinner during our public interest auctions—sometimes we were “bought” by his students, some years by mine, but always Roy was a model of curious inquiry, asking students what moved them, made them passionate about the law, what did they want to do, why did they want to do it, and then kindly he would offer wonderful advice…Then we would turn to talk of things outside of law—music, art, travel, things that any well rounded human being should want in a life well lived, as his was. We did these lunches and dinner at Taberna del Alabardero and Roy always chose the wine (rioja!), but as my Spanish improved with my international work, I began to order the food, and, like Roy, know the staff almost like family. Those meals and conversations have stayed with me over the years and then we often continued our art and travel conversations in lunches of our own as we shared catalogues and books about art, history and places away. Given Roy’s academic interests in elections and my husband’s work as a political consultant we never ran out of things to talk about… As some of our neighbors on the 4th floor of McDonough know, Roy and I had a long competition over whose office could be the messiest…we loved that competition and joked all the time about it, until both of us were forced to pack up and leave our respective offices around the same time in 2010, so we shared some of the misery of packing up, for him a long and fruitful life of teaching, administration, scholarship and advising at Georgetown and to the outside world all contained in a crowded but thrilling corner office. Fortunately, we shared some time together in our makeshift smaller offices down the hall.. I hope those of you on the 4th floor will try to remember the brilliance, but also the kindness and commitment, of my two great friends, with whom I shared a part of every day at Georgetown University Law Center —Roy Schotland and Bob Drinan. I simply cannot conjure up the floor and building of Georgetown without seeing those great men –so committed, so kind, so willing to befriend new friends and old,,,,and I am very sad. I hope you will all comfort each other as the Old Guard who made Georgetown great are fading away, as eventually we all must, and Sara, if you are reading this, please know that I will always remember Roy as one of my best friends at Georgetown as long as I am still around…as will so many many of the students and others he served and taught and mentored over the years. Rest in peace Roy, though I cannot imagine you resting at all!!!
I worked with Professor Roy Scholtand at the Law Center for 23 years in the Secretariat/ Office of Administration. The Law Center was quite different in 1983 the year we met. The first day I started at the Law Center you rushed into the office to get something you needed yesterday. I remember thinking to myself WHO WAS THAT! He was always in a rush. When he finally slowed down long enough to talk we became GREAT FRIENDS. I always believed Roy thought Charles Barnes, Toni Patterson, June Hardesty and I were his very own personal staff. Over the years we all became one big happy family. We all loved him dearly. We will truly miss you ROY.
My first encounter with the meaning of friendship with Roy came in the letter he wrote me in Ethiopia, where I was teaching at the time, asking if I might not want to come join him on Virginia's faculty, where he then was. I had met him as a Brennan clerk, not long before leaving for Addis Ababa, and what a supportive surprise this was! Our conversations and lunches continued over the years since, and it was a delight to be able to persuade him to join me in two publishing ventures -- the Administrative Law casebook mentioned in his obit, but also the most revealing and charming of the Administrative Law Stories in a book I later edited. His wisdom has supported me in so many ways; and I was never able to take as much advantage as I should have of his extraordinary recommendations of places to go and art to see. I'll miss him greatly.
When I joined the faculty in 1981, Roy was one of the first faculty members I happened to meet and get to know. He went out of his way to befriend a newbie, when he certainly didn't have to, and he always modeled the highest standards of both professionalism and humanity. I vividly recall one time -- during my first year here -- when we had a brief telephone conversation about some topic I've long since forgotten. Shortly after we hung up, Roy called me back to tell me that he had forgotten to thank me for the conversation. It certainly had not been a particularly valuable conversation (at least not for anything I contributed to it) but he took the extra effort to ensure that I was more than taken care of. I have frequently wished, over the years, that I had taken more care to emulate that kindness toward others. David Koplow
I met Prof. Schotland in 1970 when he was one of the school deans. I worked in the secretarial pool and working for Prof. Schotland once a week was required. I heard he was so strict with his secretaries, I was very reluctant to go do my turn as his assistant. However, he taught me a lot about being a good assistant, about paying attention to detail and about patience. Over the years he was one of the faculty I felt a connection to. I will miss him terribly and send my prayers and condolences to his family.
[Adapted from a blog post at the Election Academy - http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/electionacademy/2014/01/farewell_friend_roy_schotland.php] It's fair to say that where I am right now , doing what I am doing (working with the next generation of election officials and lawyers), is because of the friendship and mentorship of Roy Schotland: + When I approached him about my interest in attending law school, he invited me - and insisted! - to sit in on his Election Law class (essentially as a stowaway auditor) at Georgetown before I had even begun the application process; + When I was in private practice and feeling left out of all the excitement following the 2000 Presidential election, he was the one who tipped me off to an opportunity at Pew that eventually became electionline.org and a decade-plus with my friends and colleagues there; and + When I mentioned that I didn't think that there was anyone teaching election administration as an academic subject, it was he who encouraged me to propose an adjunct course at Georgetown Law that set me on the road to my work here today. Best of all, most of this advice came at lunches at his favorite tapas spot not far from the Law School, where he always shared his favorite joke: that he wished he could have one-and-a-half glasses of wine at lunch since one wasn't enough and two was too many. [He delivered it with such enthusiasm every time that I never had to force the laugh.] My experience wasn't unique; I have heard of countless other colleagues who had similar stories to tell of how Roy's intense intellect and boundless enthusiasm were just the thing they needed to open their eyes to new opportunities and have the confidence to tackle them. Once at lunch, Roy mentioned a line from the preface of a book (I should have written down the source but I was too rapt) that says something like "the world owes a debt to that small group of people who, every day, keep the world from going to hell." Roy Schotland was one of those people. His passing leaves a void in the field and in my life - but I am grateful for having had the opportunity to know him. Farewell, friend.
I am saddened to hear the news of Professor Schotland's passing. I was fortunate to be a student in Professor Schotland's Election Law class during the fall semester of 2005. He was always prepared, always thoughtful, always curious, and always interested in talking with students. He also challenged his students to think creatively in assessing public policy and to find ways to construct a more just society. He also encouraged careers in public service, which was very important to me and to many other students at the Law Center. He was a true asset to the Law Center, and we are all better for the four decades he spent at Georgetown Law.