Howard University

Howard Law Salutes and Remembers
Professor Andrew E. Taslitz

Howard Law Salutes and Remembers

Professor Andrew E. Taslitz

The Memorial Service for Professor Andrew Taslitz will be on
Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in the Dunbarton Chapel at the School of Law.

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Professor Andrew Taslitz Faculty page

We lost a great teacher-scholar on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Professor Andrew Taslitz joined the Howard University School of Law faculty in August 1989. He served as an active, highly productive, engaging, and valuable member of the faculty until he departed in spring 2012 to join the faculty at American University Washington College of Law.

For twenty-three years, Taz, as we affectionately called him, was an important member of the faculty at Howard Law School who taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence to hundreds of our students. He was a superb teacher! His former students have reflected well on his teaching style – comfortable, caring and intellectually challenging – as well as how he literally changed the way that they thought about the law and what they would do with their careers.

Please visit Joel Braithwaite link posted in Howard University School of Law Alumni Facebook page to read what former students had to say about Professor Taslitz.

Taz was an amazing person, full of energy, and brilliant. As one former student stated, Taz was someone who was not just a teacher but a supreme listener! He invested time in all of his students, whether the students were in his classroom, visiting him in his office, in the library, on the parking lot, in the dining room or wherever. Taz always invested his time, energy, love of learning and his passion for law as a tool for justice especially for those in vulnerable communities. He wanted Howard law students to be well prepared to provide the absolute best representation possible and that message was carried through in all that he did for his students at the law school.

Professor Taslitz was an incredible scholar, producing casebooks, over 100 law review articles, a 2009 book, Reconstructing the Fourth Amendment, and much more. Taz was not a solitary introverted scholar but one who generously gave of his time to help others develop as expert scholars as well. He served as the co-faculty advisor to the Howard Law Journal for several years and he left a rich legacy. There are many former Journal members whose notes and comments specifically thank Professor Taslitz for his insights, encouragement, and work on their behalf to ensure that a quality article was published.

Taz’s loss is felt so deeply because of the kind of person that he was to everyone. He was kind and thoughtful. When Taz smiled at you, you felt like you were his very special friend. And who could forget that hearty and infectious laugh of his? Taz was always laughing with you but never at you. For him the world presented lots of possibilities and opportunities. His perception of life was that the glass was at least three-quarters full, never just half way. Therefore, he was more than willing and quite able to help anyone take advantage of whatever opportunities showed up.

For the Howard Law School faculty, Taz (Andy) was our dear colleague who shared the responsibilities, joys, and challenges of being a part of the faculty. He was an integral member of this faculty and Howard Law School for over two decades working closely on innumerable matters of significance and importance to the law school and the University with other faculty members. As faculty, we worked together, participated in projects together, endured faculty meetings together, laughed and lamented together, celebrated special achievements together, supported and cared about each other’s families. He was our friend and our brother and we, along with the staff, are heartbroken that he is no longer with us.

Professor Andrew Taslitz fully embodied the Howard Law mission in every way. We will miss him dearly. His legacy will live on at Howard University School of Law.

Yours in the struggle,

Okianer Christian Dark
Howard University School of Law