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Law School Pays Respects to Leo J. Raskind

MARCH 30, 2011—Professor Emeritus Leo J. Raskind, a long-time faculty member and dedicated friend of the Law School, passed away March 22, 2011, in Minneapolis at age 91. His interest in law and commitment to the Law School were unflagging, and on his 90th birthday he was recognized at a faculty dinner for his years of service.

Raskind taught copyright, antitrust, intellectual property, and tax law at the Law School from 1970-92. He then became Brooklyn Law School's "permanent" visiting professor and taught there until he retired in 2006.

In a 2000 interview in the Law School's alumni magazine, Raskind commented on the rapid changes in intellectual property law. "The existing statutes are not particularly well suited to the new kind of technology, whether bio- or digital-information technology, so it's exciting," he said. In 2002, he and Law School Professor Daniel Gifford published their second edition of Federal Antitrust Law: Cases and Materials, addressing application of statutes by the courts and antitrust issues raised by changes in technology.

After earning an M.A. in economics at the University of Washington, Raskind was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the London School of Economics, where he completed a Ph.D. in 1952. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1955 and taught at Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Ohio State University before coming to Minnesota. He was a life member of the American Law Institute.

He is survived by Mollie, his wife of 62 years, and by a daughter, Carol Raskind Rance, and a son, John.

Portrait of Raskind

Leo J. Raskind