David P. Leonard Chair

Professor David P. Leonard, associate dean for research and longtime member of the faculty at Loyola Law School, passed away in February 2010 due to complications related to cancer. Professor Leonard joined the Loyola faculty in 1990 and was appointed associate dean for research in 2008. He was an immensely popular professor with students, faculty and staff alike. Professor Leonard loved teaching and was dedicated to his students. The graduating class of 2009 presented him with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Leonard’s efforts as associate dean helped raise Loyola’s scholarly profile. And he did all this with a constant smile as he battled cancer. “David was not only a colleague but also a dear friend,” said Dean Victor Gold, who co-authored Evidence: A Structured Approach with Professor Leonard.  

At Loyola, Professor Leonard taught the Advanced Evidence Seminar, Evidence and Torts. In addition, he was a prolific scholar. His books include The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Evidence of Other Misconduct and Similar Events and Evidence Law: A Student’s Guide to the Law of Evidence as Applied in American Trials. His many law review articles appeared in the U.C. Davis Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and the Indiana Law Journal, among others. 

Before joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Leonard was a member of the faculty at the Indiana University School of Law and a lecturer-in-law at UCLA School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor. Professor Leonard received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors from the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Leonard is survived by his wife, Susan, and sons, Adam and Matthew.

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