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Remembering Scholar and Teacher Jane Larson (’85)

JANUARY 3, 2012—Jane E. Larson (’85), the University of Wisconsin Law School's Voss-Bascom Professor at her retirement in October 2011, passed away at her home in Madison on Dec. 24, 2011, at age 53. In its online announcement, the law school called her "a brilliant scholar" and "an immensely popular teacher."

Larson joined Wisconsin's faculty in 1996 and taught feminist legal theory, women's legal history, property law, and conflict of laws. Awarded the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship for research in 1999, she conducted work in the university's Land Tenure Center and the law school's Institute for Legal Studies. Her scholarly writings include "Informality, Illegality, and Inequality," a review of informal housing (Yale Law and Policy Review, 2002), and Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex (Oxford Press, 1998, with Linda R. Hirshman).

The Omaha native completed her B.A. at Macalester College, where she won the Kathleen Rock Hauser Award in Women's History, in 1980. At the Law School, she was articles editor of Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice and graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1985. She clerked for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl in 1985-86 and for Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Theodore McMillian in 1986-87.

From 1987-1990, she was an associate at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Washington, D.C. She began her teaching career at Northwestern University School of Law in 1990, winning its Robert Childes Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 1994-95 and 1996-97. She was a visiting fellow at the European University Institute Faculty of Law in Fiesole, Italy, in 1998.

Larson chaired the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Remedies in 1998-99 and was a member of the Law & Society Association and other professional organizations.

She is survived by a son, Simon Rosenblum-Larson, and a sister, Jennifer Larson Knauth.

In accordance with her wishes, no funeral service will be held.


Jane Larson

Jane Larson (’85)