CONDOLENCE BOOK FOR THE LATE THOMAS F. BLACKWELL
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JURIST is collecting condolences on the death of  Thomas F. Blackwell, late Professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law who was killed on January 16, 2002, in a shooting rampage on the law school campus. This collection will be presented to Professor Blackwell's family and colleagues. A separate condolence book has been established for Dean L. Anthony Sutin, who was also killed.
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  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:12 pm
    We are all shocked by this horrible tragedy. So sudden. So senseless. For those of us who teach students how to write, this is a time when words fail us.

    Prof. Mark E. Wojcik
    The John Marshall Law School, Chicago
    Illinois, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:14 pm
    My heartfelt sympathies go to you and your family. Be hopeful and remember the many good times.

    Billie Jo Kaufman
    Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center
    Florida, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:17 pm
    My deepest sympathies and mourning. This loss affects the whole world law educators community.

    Dr. R. M. Castrogiovanni
    Universidad de Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:18 pm
    Thomas Blackwell shared his gifts across the spectrum of the law school and legal community. He freely gave time to his students; he cared for them a great deal. He was a real mover and shaker in the law teaching community, and in the field of legal researh and writing in particular, actively contributing to the constant improvement of the profession. He was known and greatly respected by everyone in his field and will be greatly missed.

    Richard S. Risman, Ass\'t Professor of Law
    Syracuse University College of Law
    Syracuse, NY 13244 USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:19 pm
    I send my prayers to you and your family. Prof. Kathleen Portuan Miller, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Kathleen Miller
    Texas Tech University School of Law
    Texas

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:20 pm
    Tom's office was just down the hall from mine for a number of years at Chicago-Kent. He was such a great guy - so consistently loveable. I am so very sad he is gone. My prayers are with his family (particularly his children) and friends. -- Sarah Harding

    Sarah Harding
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Illinois, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:21 pm
    I first met Tom Blackwell in 1999, when I began my job as Legal Writing Director for the University of the District of Columbia. We were at a conference (I believe it was the AALS New Law Teachers' Conference), and he explained his then-recent move to Grundy, Virginia. He spoke with great excitement about his decision to join the Appalachian faculty. I remember thinking how fortunate the school was to have someone of his caliber. I always learned something from Tom's postings on the ALWD listserv. I will miss that. Please know that Tom leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and just plain "niceness" that his legal writing colleagues will always remember. To his family and friends, go my deepest sympathies. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Prof. Christine L. Jones
    U. of Dist. of Columbia, School of Law
    Washington, D.C. USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:26 pm
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on this great tragedy. Although our words cannot replace him, please know that we carry a small part of his wit and his wisdom with us. He touched us in a wonderful way, and we all are better for it.

    Ronald L. Chichester
    South Texas College of Law
    Houston, Texas

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:26 pm
    Words fail to express our heartfelt sympathies. Our prayers are with you.

    Wanda M. Temm
    University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    Kansas City, Missouri

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:30 pm
    This is a horrible, shocking tragedy. My deepest sympathies to Professor Blackwell's family. May you find peace and please know that the thoughts and prayers of every law teacher are with you.

    James B. Levy
    U. of Colorado School of Law at Boulder
    Colorado, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:32 pm
    In a profession of words, they seem so inadequate at a time like this. Our prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

    Jerry MacDonald
    Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    Lansing, Michigan

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:34 pm
    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Tom's death. As a colleague in teaching law practice management and a neighbor I will miss him.

    Thomas Steele
    Wake Forest University School of Law
    Winston-Salem, NC

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:38 pm
    I am so, so sorry.

    Tom Roberts
    Wake Forest Law School
    US

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:44 pm
    Tom Blackwell will be missed by many in the legal education community. We join together to mourn his passing in such a senseless tragedy.

    Lolly Gasaway
    Unversity of North Carolina
    North Carolina

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:44 pm
    My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Brad Biddle
    Intel Corp. / ASU School of Law
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:48 pm
    I was greatly saddened by hearing of Tom's death. I was his colleague at Chicago-Kent and found a kindred soul in Tom. We both came to teaching from practice, and I was energized by his passion and dedication to his students. I remember once talking with Tom as he critiqued a student's paper. While he was making extensive marks on the paper, he was never condesending nor denigrating toward the student. In fact, we turned our discussion about our shared frustrations at certain common errors we had seen in our students' papers to a discussion about how we could better teach these students. Tom helped me be a better teacher.

    Doug Godfrey
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Illinois, U.S.A.

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:48 pm
    I first met Tom this past summer at the annual conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, after years of reading his email contributions to DIRCON, the listserv of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. He was a frequent and thoughtful contributor to the list, always willing to offer what he knew, in a genuinely helpful spirit. This summer, he and I both caught the same shuttle from the airport to the Conference, and made each others' acquaintance. I found Tom in person to be as likable as he was in print, and every bit as helpful and outgoing. At the conference, he was one of those I naturally wanted to spend time around. I spent too little time with him to call him a good friend, but that痴 the way I thought of him. That痴 the way his open congeniality made us all think of him. I値l miss him terribly, as will every other legal writing teacher who ever made his acquaintance. And my heart goes out to his family, who have lost more than we can ever know.

    Craig M. Lawson
    University of Nebraska College of Law
    Lincoln, Nebraska/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:50 pm
    I knew neither Dean Sutin nor Professor Blackwell, but the news hit hard here at MSL nevertheless. We too are a school whose mission is to serve the underserved, and from the accounts of the Dean,Tom and Angela Dales, they could easily have been three of us. They were taken from us by someone they were reaching out to help. But from what I have read I have little doubt that each of them would encourage the rest of us to continue helping our students grow, develop their abilities and realize their dreams. This tragedy is a reminder to us all of the powerful emotions that surround the work we do. We will keep Tom in our hearts and minds.

    Andy Starkis
    Massachusetts School of Law
    Massachusetts/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:51 pm
    I have known Tom and his wonderful wife Lisa since Tom and I started law school together in 1983. He has always been one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known. Even under the worst stresses of law school, he was a delightful person. We discovered our love of intellectual property together. I will miss his smile and sense of humor. I think he had found his true calling as a teacher. My deepest sympathies go out to Lisa and their children. Tom was a 1986 graduate of Duke Law School. He was much loved by his classmates.

    Mary LaFrance
    William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
    Nevada

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 3:56 pm
    I worked with Tom on a number of projects for ALWD. His ideas and contributions were always first rate. He always downplayed his own considerable contributions and distributed credit too generously, as was his way. Though we have all lost a fine colleague, the biggest loss will be felt at his home. My deepest condolences. Tom was a good friend.

    Steven D. Jamar
    Howard University School of Law
    Maryland

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:00 pm
    My prayers go out to you and your family. Peace be with you.

    Brian L. Baker
    UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
    Washington, DC

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:01 pm
    I never had the opportunity to meet Tom but I learned from others much that made him special, from his love for his wife and children to his devotion to his students and to legal education. He will be sorely missed by all he touched directly and indirectly. He will be missed most, however, by his family, friends and colleagues. It is to them that I extend the deepest sympathies of all of us at NSU Law.

    Joe Harbaugh, Dean
    Nova Southeastern University Law center
    USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:05 pm
    I knew Tom from his time at Chicago-Kent. He was a profoundly decent, caring person. He cared about his fellow faculty members, he cared about his students, he cared most of all about his family. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and children, and other family members.

    Howard Eglit
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Illinois, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:09 pm
    I miss my friend. I know how much Tom loved his new home at Appalachian, and how much he enjoyed teaching, but even more apparent was his love for his family. His eyes shone even more brightly whenever he would talk about his wife and children. Anyone who did not know Tom will never have the chance to meet a wonderful man who was a brilliant, selfless, caring, and committed teacher and colleague. But he will never be forgotten by those of us lucky enough to have known him.

    Jan M. Levine
    Temple Univ. School of Law
    Pennsylvania

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:09 pm
    So very, very sorry to hear your news. Our prayers are with you.

    Elliot Chabot
    House Information Resources
    Washington, DC

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:15 pm
    My husband's family (Peery) is from Glade Spring, so we have a particular interest in your corner of the world. We will pray for you and hope that peace will come to us all.

    Marilyn Bromley
    Bureau of National Affairs Library
    Washington DC

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:17 pm
    At the time it seemed like such a little thing, but I will always remember the informal ALWD gathering at AALS in New Orleans because it was the last time I got to rub shoulders with a giant among LRW professors and among men, Tom Blackwell. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his students at the time of this terrible tragedy.

    Kristin Gerdy
    BYU Law School
    Utah

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:23 pm
    On behalf of everyone at the University of Connecticut School of Law, let me extend our deepest sympathies over the tragic and senseless loss of Professor Blackwell. Our prayers are with the loving family and law school community he leaves behind. Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help.

    Jeremy Paul
    University of Connecticut School of Law
    USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:25 pm
    I met Tom when we were both at the Chicago Kent College of Law. He was a terrific person with a wonderful sense of humor - kind, caring to students and staff and a big supporter of the library and of librarians. Tom's students loved him - he was always available for them. A wonderful teacher and mentor. A tremendous loss.

    Gretchen Van Dam, Circuit Librarian
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
    IL/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:31 pm
    As a former consultant for the library and information technology areas of the Appalachian School of Law, I am especially touched by this senseless tragedy. May your faith strengthen you and your family in this hour of need.

    Professor Mitch Counts
    Ave Maria School of Law
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:34 pm
    What a senseless, tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, the students, and all his colleagues. Tom Blackwell touched us all and we will miss him.

    Maria Perez Crist
    University of Dayton School of Law
    Ohio

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:34 pm
    A senseless death affects all of us. Please accept our deepest condolences at this very difficult time. You are in our prayers.

    June Mac Leod
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    California

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:35 pm
    We were so sorry to hear of the loss of our colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Eric A. DeGroff, Associate Professor
    Regent University School of Law
    Virginia Beach, VA,

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:36 pm
    Tom was exceedingly generous with his time and expertise, and I really admired his committment to the Appalachian School of Law and its wonderful mission. He will be deeply missed by colleagues all over the world, but we will not forget him.

    Ann Bartow
    University of South Carolina School of Law
    Columbia, South Carolina

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:37 pm
    I took a class from Professor Blackwell when he taught at Chicago-Kent. His enthusiasm for the subject and teaching was apparent and really made a difference. I can attest that he made a significant, positive impact on his students. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.

    Melissa Mooney
    William Blair & Co., LLC
    Chicago, IL

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 4:37 pm
    Once when I saw Tom at a conference I asked how he liked his new home town. In reply, he eloquently described the mountain landscapes. As busy and full as his life was, he took time to appreciate the view. I don't think I will be able to think of Tom without remembering to stop and smell the roses.

    Sue Liemer
    Southern Illinois Univ. School of Law
    Illinois

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:02 pm
    As a legal writing cohort, Tom was the person so many of us called upon for help or advice. It was given with the greatest generosity and usually a dose of humor, too. What an incomprehesible loss. My heart goes out to his family and the Appalachian School of Law.

    Grace Wigal
    West Virginia University College of Law
    West Virginia

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:13 pm
    My sincerest condolences are for Lisa, Lisa and Tom's children, and all their families, friends, and faculty colleagues. Words do not exist for the sorrow this tragedy has visited on us all.

    Judy Meadows
    State Law Library of Montana
    Helena, Montana

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:19 pm
    At the time it seemed like such a little thing, but I will always remember the informal ALWD gathering at AALS in New Orleans because it was the last time I got to rub shoulders with a giant among LRW professors and among men, Tom Blackwell. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his students at the time of this terrible tragedy.

    Kristin Gerdy
    BYU Law School
    Utah

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:20 pm
    I was privileged to be a faculty member at the Appalachian School of Law until taking a position at the University of Arizona this academic year. Tom was a self-less, dedicated colleague, who will in part be remembered as the person who first modernized the ASL website, "in his free time." Tom and his family embraced, and was embraced by, the local community. God bless you Tom and your family.

    John A. Swain, Associate Professor
    University of Arizona College of Law
    Arizona, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:22 pm
    I met Tom briefly at a AALS reception. During the few moments our paths crossed, I could sense his genuine feeling and dedication. I miss not getting to know him better, and I cherish the example of caring and spiritedness that he provides for all of us.

    Shubha Ghosh
    University at Buffalo, SUNY
    Amherst, New Yorj

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:22 pm
    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Professor Blackwell's wife and children, and to all his family, friends, and students. May you find strength in each other, and in the legacy he has left you.

    Maura Flood
    University of Idaho College of Law
    Idaho, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:31 pm
    I did not know Dean Tony Sutin, Professor Tom Blackwell, or Ms. Angela Dales, and nonethtless I want to offer my condolences about this terrible loss. I recall some years ago a disturbed person entered my first floor classroom, fortunately the only time this happened in my 25 plus years of teaching. Without thinking much about the various possibilities, I said to him in a calm voice: "I'm sorry, you can't come in here, there's a class going on." He turned around and left peacefully. I commented to the class, "What remarkable authority comes with a coat and tie." I'm so sorry that authority (or some other) didn't protect everyone at Appalachian School of Law, and that the easy availability of firearms contributes so much to these terrible events.

    Professor Rand E. Rosenblatt
    Rutgers University Law School--Camden
    Camden, New Jersey, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:39 pm
    Tom's office was next time mine at Chicago-Kent. He was as generous and enthusistic about sharing his thoughts on teaching as he was about everything else. What put me in awe of Tom was the way he had so gracefully figured out the balance between contentment and striving, had keenly discerned the difference between blessings and burdens. He readily accepted the blessings in his life, like his family and his opportunity to teach and think about the law for a living, and I think this had a lot to do with the joy and energy he brought to his work and his life. But he also strove hard in exactly the way we all should try to do: he was continually evaluating himself as a teacher, fretting about details in his lessons and brainstorming new ways to reach every individual in his classroom. It's so easy to get this mixed up, to be restive or complacent about exactly the wrong things. Tom got it right.

    Kent Streseman
    Baylor University School of Law
    Waco, Texas

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:40 pm
    Tom and I almost worked together on a writing project but, in the end, as is shown by the thoughts of others here, he decided to give his all to his students at Appalachian. He was a pleasure to work with and I wish he had possessed sufficient time for both. My thoughts are with his family, friends and students.

    Gregory Bell, Senior Attorney Editor
    West Group
    IL/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:41 pm
    Even on short acquaintance, anyone could tell what a kind, generous, big-hearted person Tom was. He loved his family deeply and spoke about them often. I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Tom at legal writing conferences and through the legal writing listserve. He was committed to his teaching and always willing to advise and help colleagues without having to be asked. It is so, so sad that we have lost him.

    Ursula Weigold
    University of St. Thomas School of Law
    Minnesota

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 5:48 pm
    It was my privilege to serve on the Board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors with Tom. He was a wise leader, a wonderfully talented webmaster, and a valued colleague. I will never forget his warm smile, his charming Texas drawl, his firm enthusiasm for our profession. My very deepest sympathies to the Blackwell family and to the faculty, students, and staff of Appalachian Law School.

    Coleen M. Barger
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
    AR/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:14 pm
    Our whole profession mourns the loss of such a talented, enthusiastic, student-oriented teacher. He will be missed by so many. My heartfelt sympathies to his family, his students, and his colleagues.

    Susan K. McClellan
    Seattle University School of Law
    Washington, USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:18 pm
    My deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of Tom Blackwell. The events at Appalachian Law School are a blow to all of us, but most of all to those close to the three who died and the others injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Carol Chomsky
    University of Minnesota Law School
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:19 pm
    Words seem so inadequate to express the depth and breadth of emotions felt at a time like this. To the Blackwell family, I hope you find some comfort in knowing that Tom had so many friends, colleagues and students whose lives he touched. I know that I will miss him. My thoughts are with you during this time of grief, wishing you strength and courage as you persevere. With my deepest sympathies, Sam

    M H Sam Jacobson
    Willamette University College of Law
    Salem, OR USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:21 pm
    I never met Tom, but knew of him through the legal writing listserv. He cared about his profession and his students and will be missed. I join with others as we pray that his family will find comfort and that memories of him will bring them solace.

    Nancy McMurrer
    Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:30 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tom's family, friends, and colleagues. He touched so many lives in so many ways, and he will be sincerely missed.

    Judy Stinson
    Arizona State
    Arizona

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:34 pm
    Unlike some who are posting, I didn't know Tom but I sense a great loss in any case. It is sad that I am finding out how great Tom was only after his tragic death. I extend my condolences and prayers to the entire Appalachian Law School community but as a law librarian I want to especially offer them to his wife Lisa and their children.

    David McFadden, Senior Reference Librarian
    Southwestern University School of Law
    California

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 6:36 pm
    I will miss Tom. I will always remember his soft-spoken yet self-assured wit and selfless dedication to our profession.

    Rick Peltz
    Univ. Ark. Little Rock Wm. Bowen Law School
    Ark., U.S.

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 7:07 pm
    My prayers are with you on this tragic occurrence. Even knowing Professor Blackwell solely by email, I was aware of his dedication to making society better. He will be greatly missed by the academic community. Malla Pollack, Northern Illinois Univ.

    Malla Pollack
    Northern Illinois Univ., College of Law
    DeKalb, Illinois

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 7:10 pm
    How tenuous life is. It can literally end in a flash. The message below appeared this evening on Lawprof, as Ed Richards (the listowner) dramatically showed us how our names can be erased from the evidences of our existence in that flash. I did not know Dean Sutin. I did know, very well, my fomer colleague, Tom Blackwell, who Molly Lien had hired as one of our Visiting Assistant Professors some five years ago. He was a great guy. He was a wonderful teacher. He was very dedicated to law teaching. He passed up many opportunities to use his immense talents at more prestige places to go to Appalachian, and make it a place for poor people to gain entrance into the profession. He worked very hard, undertook far too many projects, but somehow completed them on time and highly competently. His work, especially for the Legal Writing field, has been wonderful. He uniquely was able to blend his subperb knowledge of technology to improve the resourses available to legal writing professionals. His terrible loss is devastating to those of us who worked with him at Chicago Kent; I know that he was a very important part of the growth and achievements of Appalachian in striving for ABA approval, and educating those in the rural area of Virginia. From some of the quotes already appearing in the media, he was loved and respected by students, faculty and residents at ASL. He truly will be greatly missed. -----Original Message----- From: Richards, Edward P. To: LAWPROF (E-mail) Sent: 1/16/2002 8:03 PM Subject: RIP Your request: DELETE LAWPROF XXXXXX tblackwell@asl.edu asutin@asl.edu produced the following output: User tblackwell@asl.edu was successfully removed from list lawprof@chicagokent.kentlaw.edu. User asutin@asl.edu was successfully removed from list lawprof@chicagokent.kentlaw.edu. ---------------- May they rest in peace. Ed

    Ralph L. Brill
    Chicaoo-Kent College of Law, IIT
    Illinois

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 7:19 pm
    I am lost for words. My prayers go up for the family, colleagues and friends of Tom. May God Almighty be near you at this time.

    Vaughn E. James, Associate Professor
    Texas Tech University School of Law
    Lubbock, TX USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 7:38 pm
    Here in Tokyo the news hit the legal community very hard. I did not know either Dean Sutin nor Professor Blackwell, but my prayers are with them, their families, and their friends.

    William B. Cleary
    Blakemore & Mitsuki
    Tokyo, Japan

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 8:52 pm
    The entire legal community mourns the senseless murder of Professor Tom Blackwell, Dean Tony Sutin, and student Ms. Angela Dales. Please accept my sincere personal condolences, and wishes for a brighter, nonviolent society.

    Marsha Cope Huie
    University of Tulsa College of Law
    Oklahoma/USA

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 9:20 pm
    God Bless you in this difficult time.

    Adria Olmi
    SIU Law School Library
    Carbondale, Illinois

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 9:41 pm
    I knew Tom from CALI conferences, where we reconnected annually. I shall miss him.

    Patrick Wiseman
    GSU College of Law
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Thursday January 17, 2002 at 10:40 pm
    My heart goes out to Tom's wife and children, whose pain we can barely begin to imagine. I had known Tom for only a year or two, but found him kind and friendly and somehow capable of doing an extraordinary amount of work -- managing ALWD's great web site, developing and teaching in a program at a new school, and always having ideas to share. We were lucky to have had time with him, but that time was unfairly short. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Diane Edelman
    Villanova University School of Law
    Villanova, PA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 2:32 am
    We mourn the tragic murders of Dean Sutin and Professor Blackwell. The students who apprehended the alleged perpetrator are especially to be commended. Tadas Klimas Dean Vytautas Magnus University School of Law Lithuania

    Tadas Klimas
    Vytautas Magnus University School of Law
    Lithuania

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 7:59 am
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time for you.

    Kathie Sweeney, Library Director
    Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, P.C.
    Baltimore, MD

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 9:06 am
    This is such a horrible tragedy. I send my prayers to all who were touched by this senseless act, and I pray for an end to violence.

    Sally Wambold
    University of Richmond Law Library
    Richmond, Virginia

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 9:39 am
    Tom's death touches the academic legal community at its core. He was a great man and a great role model and he died perhaps because he took the time to care and get to know people. I don't think he would have lived his life differently and for that we must be thankful. My sympathy and prayers go out to his wife and his children and to all who will miss Tom.

    Mary Garvey Algero
    Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law
    New Orleans, LA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 9:40 am
    The shock and sadness affect law schools throughout the land as we offer our heartfelt sympathies to you.

    J. William Draper
    Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia PA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 9:41 am
    My prayers are with Lisa and the children. May all beings be happy and at peace.

    Jim Milles
    University at Buffalo SUNY
    NY

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 10:18 am
    My heart aches for Tom's family and friends. I feel so helpless. Know how many loved him. May that abundant love wrap you in its folds and carry all of you through this difficult time.

    Barbara J. Tyler
    Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State Univ.
    OH, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 10:29 am
    The year before Appalachian opened, a Chicago-Kent colleague and I met with the founding dean; it was clear Appalachian needed a special kind of person to make a public interest law school succeed in Grundy, Va. My friend and I agreed that neither of us fit the bill! A couple of years later, when I heard that Tom Blackwell had joined the faculty there, I thought, a perfect match. Tom was mature, judicious, caring, focused, diligent, responsible, shrewd, witty, insightful. Just the man to build a life for himself and his family around a worthy project like Appalachian Law School. When I first heard the terrible news on Wednesday afternoon, I felt dreadfully certain that Tom was involved in the tragedy because he would be the guy others would call upon to help handle a troubled student. My sympathies go out to his family, and to the Appalachian community. I can only imagine how difficult it will be to move forward without Tom.

    Jeffrey Malkan
    SUNY Buffalo
    Buffalo, New York

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 10:59 am
    As all of us in the law teaching community contemplate the tragedy at Appalachian, we can take some comfort in knowing that Tom, whose life ended much too soon, nevertheless had an immense impact on his students and his peers. Each statement posted here makes that fact perfectly clear. His family, friends, students and colleagues are in my prayers.

    Anne Rector
    Emory University School of Law
    Atlanta, GA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:00 am
    My deepest sympathy to the Blackwell family and friends.

    Brezetta Steverson
    University at Buffalo Law School
    Buffalo, NY

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:00 am
    The Baylor Law School community offers its deepest sympathy. We are in prayer for the family of Prof. Blackwell and each person who has been touched by this utterly senseless tragedy. The loss that has been suffered by the Blackwell family, by the friends of the Blackwells, and by the Appalachian School of Law community transcends comprehension. May God be with with you and may you by comforted though Him.

    Dean Brad Toben
    Baylor Law School
    Waco, Texas

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:07 am
    All of Tom's faculty and staff colleagues at Chicago-Kent are still in shock and mourning. Tom was truly special and universally loved here. When he left to forge a new life in Virginia, we missed his intelligence, good humor, enthusiasm and steady dedication. We will miss him now, forever.

    Ron Staudt
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Illinois

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:12 am
    To Tom's family, friends, colleagues, and students: My heart breaks for your unbearable loss. May you be comforted by Tom's memory and the way he touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Pearl Goldman
    Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center
    Florida

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:13 am
    Tom will be sorely missed by everyone who had the blessing of being touched by his caring and friendly presence. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and friends.

    Rafael Gely
    University of Cincinnati
    Ohio, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:14 am
    Although I do not personally know Prof. Blackwell, I am touched by the sense of loss felt by those who knew him. My heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Lisa, a fellow law librarian, and his children, family, friends and colleagues. May you all remember the wonderful ways in which he touched your lives. Carol Nicholson University of North Carolina Law Library Chapel Hill, NC

    Carol Avery Nicholson
    Univ. of North Carolina Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
    North Carolina, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 11:56 am
    I am so, so very sorry for the tragic loss of Tom. My condolences go to Lisa, the children, all of Tom's family and friends, and the communities of which the Blackwells were a vital part. God bless.

    Martha Smith
    Florida Coastal School of Law
    Jacksonville, FL

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 12:19 pm
    I met Tom through a conference call during which he and others described how happy they were in Grundy and at Appalachian. I am glad he had such contentment, and I grieve that it was taken away so suddenly. My sympathies to Tom's family and friends and to everyone at the law school.

    Nancy Strohmeyer
    Loyola University Law Library
    New Orleans, LA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 12:25 pm
    We are shocked and saddened by your great personal loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Milt Rowland
    Gonzaga University School of Law
    Washington/USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 12:37 pm
    How deeply saddened and troubled we are about this senseless tragedy. I hope the mission to which Tom dedicated his life --providing a meaningful legal education to an underrepresented area-- will continue on in the beautiful hills of Appalachia. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family.

    Janet George Blocher
    Capital University Law School
    Ohio/USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 12:39 pm
    I knew Professor Blackwell from his time at Chicago-Kent. I was a student in one of his classes, and I worked with him when I was at the Center for Law and Computing. He was a warm and friendly person whose enthusiasm was infectious. He will be missed.

    Nate Austin
    San Francisco, CA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 12:59 pm
    Tom was a member of CALI Editorial Board and a great guy. Always full of ideas and enthusiasm. I will miss him.

    John Mayer
    CALI
    Chicago, IL

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 1:12 pm
    I did not know Tom Blackwell personally, but have heard so many wonderful things about him. I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family. Please remember his life and go on in his memory. My prayers are with you in your grief.

    Muriel Efron
    AALL, SEAALL
    WPB, Florida, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 1:13 pm
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

    Scott Gerber
    ONU College of Law
    OH

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 1:30 pm
    At Chicago-Kent, I was Professor Blackwell's Legal Writing TA during my last year at school. To say that he was a great guy is an understatement. I really enjoyed my last year of school, and a lot of that was due to Professor Blackwell. He ws energetic, funny, witty, kind, helpful, smart - honestly, just an all-around terrific person. It was my good fortune that we did occasionally keep in touch. I saw him this summer at a conference. It is very, very sad that we will not be seeing him again.

    Pauline Afuso
    West Group
    Eagan, MN

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 1:43 pm
    Tom was a wonderfully giving person, who always had a kind word and a warm smile. He was loved by many and will be profoundly missed. My heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.

    Peggie Smith
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Chicago, IL

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 1:44 pm
    I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues, and students of Tom Blackwell. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Faye Jones
    University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
    California, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 2:03 pm
    I met Tom at a CALI conference several years ago. We were both active in CALI programs. I had the pleasure of visiting and dining with him several other times at later conferences. He was a great guy--bright, friendly, funny, engaging. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.

    Jim Smith
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 2:39 pm
    I am so deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. Tom was such an easygoing, genuinely nice man. I know he will be sorely missed by his students and colleagues at ALS. I send sincere condolences to them, and to his wife and sons.

    Harry Althaus
    New York Law School
    New York, NY

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 2:50 pm
    Deep condolences to the family of Thomas Blackwell and the entire law school community.

    Arthur Rosett, Professor of Law
    UCLA Law School
    CA USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 2:57 pm
    I knew Tom only through e-mail, but the notes people have shared demonstrate how thoroughly he exemplified what he once said he liked best about the legal writing community: "collegiality, open sharing of collective wisdom, strong support for the members, and a passion for excellence and improvement." That quote is taken from a personal statement he wrote in connection with the last ALWD election, which I remembered because he was determined to have the shortest statement -- and did. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to Tom's family and friends.

    Barbara Busharis
    FSU College of Law
    Florida

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 4:05 pm
    Like many others, I only met Tom once, at last summer's ALWD conference, although I was familiar with him from his postings to the Legal Writing Directors' listserve. I was drawn to his wit, his sincerity, and his easy manner. On my return to Spokane, I mentioned my acquaintance with this wonderful soul to June Stewart, our library director. June had previously been the founding law library director at Appalachian and knew Tom and his family well. She convinced me that he was someone I would like to get to know better. I knew that I would want to look him up again at this summer's LWI conference. As with some much in life, we think that there is time. I now regret not taking the time to follow up and getting to know Tom better. I am, however, grateful for making his acquaintance in Minnesota. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who have lost his precious presence.

    Cheryl Beckett
    Gonzaga University School of Law
    Spokane, Washington

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 4:22 pm
    I am profoundly saddened - for Lisa and the children, for Andy, and for all the students who will now face law school without this wise and helpful guide.

    Tom Trahan
    Texas Wesleyan School of Law
    Texas, U.S.A.

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 5:18 pm
    I wanted to extend my sympathies to Professor Blackwell's family and colleagues. Our world is a very difficult place right now -- on lots of fronts. May the coming months bring you some peace and comfort.

    Karen Gross, Professor of Law
    New York Law School
    New York

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 5:24 pm
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lisa, and the children. I was at Duke Law with Tom and always found him to be a warm and generous colleague. From mutual friends I understand Tom was committed to teaching and loved applying his excellent legal skills to training new lawyers. With great sympathy, Christy Gudaitis

    Christy Gudaitis, Duke AB \'81, L \'86
    Duke University Office of Counsel
    Durham, NC

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 5:58 pm
    I remember Tom for his zest of life while lunging if not always catching a football on a peaceful weekend morning with friends at Duke. He was a good man in so many ways and the tragedy of his life's end leaves me saddened for Lisa, their children and us all.

    Fred Kennedy, Duke\'86
    Maine/USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 6:42 pm
    Like some others here, I knew Tom best from his postings on legal writing listserves. They were always informative when information was needed, and kind when kindness was called for. When I finally met him last year, I felt I knew him already and was grateful for the chance to know him better. Also like others, I am saddened that I will not get the chance to know him even better through future meetings. My thoughts are with his family, his colleagues, and his students and former students. May the wonderful memories soon outweigh the shock and horror of the moment.

    Hether Macfarlane
    McGeorge School of Law
    Sacramento, CA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 6:55 pm
    In a sea of helplessness, one can yet maintain that this man died doing good work for a good cause. This is high tribute, and may it last as long as the pain.

    Mary Harter Mitchell
    Indiana University School of Law
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 7:52 pm
    What a wonderful tribute this page provides for such a wonderful man. I met Tom a few years ago while working in Dallas. I was heading off to law school and asked him for some advice. He took more than an hour to answer my questions and give me advice. I will remember him as a generous and kind man.

    Jack Wilburn, 2L
    University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, TX

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 8:00 pm
    On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Chapman University School of Law, I extend to Tom's family our heartfelt sympathy. He was a bright young star in legal education, one who already had accomplished much, but one whose future was so very bright. We shall miss him.

    Dean Parham Williams
    Chapman University School of Law
    California, USA

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 8:26 pm
    All our prayers are with you to help bear this tremendous loss--God bless.

    M. Datiles
    student, New York Law School
    NY

  • Friday January 18, 2002 at 10:05 pm
    In the fall of 1997, I began the grand adventure of being an evening law student at Chicago-Kent at the same time Professor Blackwell began for us. I am deeply struck by his loss, as should be the entire legal community. When Professor Blackwell arrived at CK for his first teaching position, it was obvious he found his professional niche. He brought to myself and fellow students a passion for law, a strong sense of right and honor, and an inspiring professional balance in loving the law, but loving one's family first. This rare combination was comforting to myself and my fellow first-year students just finding our way. He remained a guiding light even after he went to Appalachian, always cheerfully taking a telephone call to answer questions or give advice. To his wife and children, please know that while he was at work, he spoke of you often, always weaving into conversation little antedotes about his homelife. His love for you was deep and constant. We will remember you in our prayers.

    Maureen Feldman
    Chicago-Kent Grad
    Oak Park, IL

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 1:16 am
    To the colleagues in my professon -thank your for your thoughts and tribute to Tom Blackwell. I will miss Tom. He was one of the "rocks" of our school. We are all hurting so badly, but your thoughts and feelings help us tremendously as we try to shoulder this heavy, unbearable burden. I loved Tom Blackwell and Tony Sutin. They were two of "the good guys" that enriched my life and were always there with open ears, wit, and words of wisdom. I can barely endure continuing, but I am trying to do so in their memeory. Thank you all so very, very much. Gail Kintzer Associate Professor of Law and Charter Professor Appalachian School of Law Grundy, VA 44614 kintzer@naxs.net gkintzer@asl.edu

    Gail A. Kintzer
    Appalchian School of Law
    Va/USA

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 1:16 am
    Please be assured of how much we have all been affected by not only this tragedy, but the life of such a well-respected, well-loved man. I did not know Professor Blackwell personally, but it is obvious by the many beautiful tributes that precede me that he is and always will be a light in the lives of many. God bless.

    Dawn Hernandez-Malone, 1L
    University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 1:36 pm
    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you. This tragedy has shocked so many people around the world--our thoughts will remain with you.

    Deborah Merritt
    The John Glenn Institute & OSU College of Law
    Columbus, Ohio

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 4:03 pm
    My heartelt condolences to Tom's family, friends and colleagues at Appalachian School of Law. May the good memories help you through the pain of this senseless loss.

    Marjorie A. Silver
    Touro Law Center
    Long Island, New York

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 4:21 pm
    Our deepest condolences go to Professor Blackwell's family, friends, and colleagues. Your loss is felt throughout the legal education community.

    Scott M. Matheson, Jr., Dean
    University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
    Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Saturday January 19, 2002 at 4:29 pm
    Tom Blackwell was a kind and generous man. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

    Nicholas D. Finke
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Sunday January 20, 2002 at 8:21 am
    I worked with Tom as a fellow legal-writing instructor at Texas Wesleyan, when the program was in its infancy. He was a wonderful teacher, full of insights, and I know he's touched the lives of many law students. My heart goes out to Lisa and their children. May God bless everyone affected by this horrible act.

    Leza Kerr
    Fort Worth, Texas

  • Sunday January 20, 2002 at 6:16 pm
    This terrible tragedy has reverberated throughout law faculties, and beyond, worldwide. Those of us who did not know Prof Thomas Blackwell, his Dean, and the students killed or injured in this senseless act, are nevertheless shocked and grieved that such a tragedy could occur. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to Prof. Thomas Blackwell's family.

    Olujoke Akindemowo
    Centre for Law in the Digital Economy (CLiDE), Faculty of Law, Monash University
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Sunday January 20, 2002 at 9:13 pm
    I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tom Blackwell. I admired Tom greatly for his fine intellect, his easy manner and his good sense of humor. I was close to Tom not only as a colleague in Grundy at ASL, but also as a colleague in a brass quintet in which Tom played a very good trombone. Tom was very able, but quite unassuming and personable. The law school and town of Grundy will miss Tom greatly, and we all mourn his loss. My thoughts and concern go to Lisa and the boys.

    Ted Parker
    Berg & Parker LLP
    San Francisco, California 94111

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 2:04 am
    I only had one class with Prof. Blackwell. He usually taught the first year legal writing classes but my third year he taught a Law Office Practice class. He was a demanding teacher but fair and kind. I learned a lot from him and will never regret the time I spent in his class. He was a wonderful teacher. I also worked in the law library with his wife, Lisa. I can't even begin to imagine what she's going through. My thoughts are with her and the children.

    Cynthia Smith Ludwig
    Appalachian School of Law Class of 2001
    Seattle, Washington

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 6:04 am
    I do not know Prof. Blackwell personally since I graduated from Duke Law School in 1986 (LL.M.) but I am still in touch with the Law school, many of its alumni and faculty. With deep sorrow I learned about this horrific act of violence and I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family. My thoughts are with his wife and children hoping that they will find help and relieve with their family and friends in this difficult time.

    Michael Petersen-Gyngysi
    Starnberg, Germany

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 9:31 am
    Tom was a classmate of mine at Duke Law School. He and Lisa were two of the nicest people I met during my stay in Durham. I had the good fortune to run into Tom last year at an ABA event. It was clear to me he had clearly found great satisfaction in teaching. I extend my deepest sympathies to Tom's family and to all at ASL.

    John Grossbauer
    Wilmington, DE

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 11:25 am
    My heart and prayers go out to the Blackwell family. I had the honor of having Professor Blackwell teach me 2 classes and was in the process of a third. Professor Blackwell cared about the students and was always willing to make time to speak with each student who had questions about a class. The Appalachian School of Law will truly miss a fine and caring person. I know that I certainly will. Robert Seffinger - Third Year Law Student Appalachian School of Law Grundy, VA

    Robert Seffinger
    Appalachian School of Law
    VA

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 11:28 am
    My deepest sympathies to Tom's family and his colleagues at ASL. He was a wonderful individual and a special inspiration to many of us in legal writing. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very sad time.

    Leslie Larkin Cooney
    NSU Law School
    Florida

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 11:35 am
    I will miss Tom and all that he had to offer. His presence on the ALWD Board will be sorely missed. He helped make the organization come alive with the wonderful Web site he designed and maintained. I will always remember Tom for his humanity, his talents, and his "can do" attitude. I extend my deepest sympathies to Lisa and the children.

    Darby Dickerson, Associate Dean
    Stetson University College of Law
    St,. Petersburg, Florida

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 2:18 pm
    Flying home from a business trip is when I usually catch up on current events. I was mortified to read of the tragic events that took the life of Professor Blackwell. I had the honor of being in Professor Blackwell's Law Office Technology Class in the Summer of 1998. I was basically illiterate when it came to technology. Sensing my frustrations, Professor Blackwell came to my aid. He met me on evenings, during his own time. He worked with me until I started to get the hang of things. He did such a great job helping me that I earned an A- in his class. Knowing what I know now, I realize how precious that time away from his family was. I will always remember how dedicated he was to his students. I feel honored for having known Professor Blackwell. May the lord watch over your family and grant you peace and comfort in your time of need.

    Andrew H. Stein
    Wheeling, IL/USA

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 2:24 pm
    Tom was a wonderful person and teacher, and cared so deeply about his students. It is almost beyond belief that one of those students could have killed him. I feel very fortunate to have known him through AALS meetings, legal writing conferences, and the legal writing listserv. Tom will be missed by all of us, but I cannot imagine how much he will be missed by those who spent each day with him--his wife, his children, his friends, and his colleagues at ASL. Despite our loss, we were all greatly blessed by his presence in our lives, however brief that presence was. My deepest sympathy to Tom's family. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Davalene Cooper
    New England School of Law
    Massachusetts

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 9:49 pm
    I am profoundly saddened by the news of Tom's tragic death. I was in the same class with Tom at Duke and my then-wife,Shuya, was a coleague of Lisa's at the law library. We both liked the Blackwells tremendously. Even though we have lost in touch in the past years, our hearts are with you. I offer my deepest condolence and heart-felt solicitude to Lisa and the children from across the Pacific Ocean.

    Xi-Qing Gao, Duke L\\ \'86
    China Securities Regulatory Commission
    Beijing, China

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 10:56 pm
    We extend our deepest condolences to the families of Dean Anthony Sutin, Professor Thomas Blackwell, and Ms. Angela Dale, to the injured students, and to the entire Appalachian Law School community. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Scott Bice, Albert Brecht, Lee Campbell, Alexander Capron, Erwin Chemerinsky, Linda Cohen, David Cruz, Mary L. Dudziak, Niels Frenzen, Ariela Gross, Gillian Hadfield, Carrie Hempel, Ehud Kamar, Gregory Keating, Dan Klerman, Karen Lash, George Lefcoe, Denise Meyer, Elyn Saks, Michael Shapiro, Edwin (Rip) Smith, Dan Simon, Dave Slawson, Dean Matt Spitzer, Nomi Stolzenburg, Stacey Turner (Members of the USC Law Faculty)

    Mary L. Dudziak
    USC Law School
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Monday January 21, 2002 at 11:37 pm
    On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland Statue University, I want to express our most profound sympathies to the family and friends of Professor Thomas Blackwell.

    Dean Steven H. Steinglass
    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    Cleveland Ohio

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 9:05 am
    I was privileged to have Prof. Thomas Blackwell as an instructor while a student at the Appalachian School of Law. Prof. Blackwell痴 dedication to the law, the students, his family and community were unparalleled. He undertook teaching and life with a passion and enthusiasm that is seldom matched. He will be deeply missed by all that were privileged to know him.

    Josie Wade Owens, Esq.
    Appalachian School of Law, Charter Class of 2000
    Raven, VA

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 10:25 am
    My deepest sympathies to Tom's family and colleagues, especially his wife and children. I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

    Blair Kauffman
    Yale Law School
    New Haven, CT

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 10:46 am
    Tom was greatly respected in the legal writing community and was always ready to exchange ideas and suggestions. His ideas, big and small, will live on in hundreds of uncounted but real ways.

    Judy Fischer
    University of Louisville School of Law
    Kentucky

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 12:42 pm
    I was privileged to take three of Professor Blackwell痴 classes. His determination to teach was obvious everyday I saw him in class. He was a demanding professor, but extremely fair. Professor Blackwell was one of the most helpful teachers in school, all of his students were treated with equal respect and patients. My heart goes out to Mrs. Blackwell and their children. I have no words to describe my grief.

    Ilya Berenshteyn
    Appalachian School of Law, Class of 2001
    Richmond, Virginia

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 1:50 pm
    My deepest sympathies and condolences to Tom's wife and children. His decision to come to the heart of Appalachia --- to teach at a new law school --- one that seeks to bring social justice and human rights to the long ignored people of the Appalachian coal fields --- speaks volumes about him. (Duke Law '71)

    Pat McGinley
    West Virginia University College of Law
    Morgantown, West Virginia

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 4:08 pm
    Deepest and sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Professor Blackwell.

    Lisa Dickinson
    University of San Francisco School of Law
    San Francisco, CA

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 6:24 pm
    My most sincere sympathy and prayers are with the victims of this senseless tragedy, their families, and the student body of Appalachian. This has been a loss to the legal education community as a whole, which will not pass without affecting us all.

    Rich Bitter
    LL.M. Student, American University, Washington College of Law
    Washington, D.C.

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 6:51 pm
    I did not know Professor Blackwell, but have heard what a tremendous asset he was to these young men and women at Appalachian from many, many sources. My deepest sympathy to his family and his students who will miss him dearly.

    Professor Penny J. White
    University of Tennessee College of Law
    Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 7:32 pm
    Professor Blackwell met one of civilization's most profound challenges: making the complex language of law and technology, and the interplay between them, seem like common sense.

    Gary Botting, Ph.D., LL.M.
    University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
    British Columbia, Canada

  • Tuesday January 22, 2002 at 8:13 pm
    My deepest sympathies for those suffering from this terrible tragedy.

    Leigh Wilhite, JD, RN
    FL/USA

  • Wednesday January 23, 2002 at 8:39 am
    My heart goes out to the family and friends of Professor Blackwell during this deeply sad time in their lives. I offer my sympathy and prayers in hopes that all those affected by this tragedy will find consolation and peace.

    Diana J. Perkett, Registrar
    Florida Coastal School of Law
    Florida/USA

  • Wednesday January 23, 2002 at 10:14 am
    I will pray for all of you.

    James R. Abeshaus
    Florida Coastal School of Law
    Florida/USA

  • Wednesday January 23, 2002 at 4:09 pm
    My heart and prayers go out to the family of Professor Blackwell. You have our deepest sympathy.

    Ronda Colvin-Leary, Esq.
    Florida Coastal School of Law
    Stone Mountain, GA

  • Wednesday January 23, 2002 at 10:28 pm
    I offer my heartfelt sympathy and prayer for Dean Sutin's family during this terribly difficult time in their lives.

    Paulo Sa Elias
    Lawyer and Professor of Law
    Brazil

  • Thursday January 24, 2002 at 9:10 am
    On behalf of the Stetson University College of Law community, I express our deepest sympathy for your loss.

    Gary Vause, Dean
    Stetson University College of Law
    Florida, USA

  • Thursday January 24, 2002 at 7:29 pm
    I had the privilege of working with Tom years ago when we were editors of Law & Contemporary Problems at Duke. Professionally, Tom was a joy to work with and an extremely positive influence on all of us. Personally, Tom and Lisa were two of the most delightful people at Duke. Although many years have passed since then, I still feel a deep sense of loss. I extend my deepest sympathies to Lisa and the children.

    Brett D. Fallon, Duke Law \'86
    Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams LLP
    Delaware/USA

  • Friday January 25, 2002 at 2:26 pm
    I greatly enjoyed being around Tom. He had a great sense of humor. I would joke around with him about how messy his office was. He would just smile and say, "Hey, it's getting better!" He was, like Dean Sutin, very kind to me and always had a kind word to say. I will miss him along with Dean Sutin. My prayers go out to his wife and kids. May God bless and protect them and give them strength.

    Crystal Stacy
    Appalachian School of Law
    VA/U.S.A.

  • Friday January 25, 2002 at 5:06 pm
    Professor Blackwell's family and his colleagues among the faculty, students, and staff of Appalachian School of Law have my condolences. I am very sorry for the loss his death represents and for the fear it leaves behind in the community. May you all find peace.

    Grayfred B. Gray, Associate Professor Emeritus
    University of Tennessee College of Law
    Tennessee

  • Saturday January 26, 2002 at 7:35 pm
    Professor Blackwell was a kind and generous person who will be greatly missed. He was always there for the students and I'll keep his family in my prayers.

    Ann-Margaret Brammer
    atty. & charter class 2000
    VA USA

  • Sunday January 27, 2002 at 12:00 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the familes who were affected in this very tragic loss at ASL. May God give his guidance and strength to the families involved.

    Dr Robert & Kimberly Ann Blok
    Raleigh Anesthesia Associates
    Daniels, WV

  • Monday January 28, 2002 at 10:28 am
    I was so saddened to hear of the tragedy and the tremendous loss to Tom's family and loved ones. Know that many thoughts and prayers are with you. May your strong faith and the Lord's undying love see you through this most difficult time. Tom was a sweet man in law school; I am so sorry this happened. Kathy Byrnes Duke Class '86 Villanova, PA

    Kathy Byrnes
    Villanova University
    PA

  • Monday January 28, 2002 at 2:48 pm
    Our deepest condolences to your entire family during this very hard time. May you all rest in comfort knowing that it was God's will to take Tom home.

    Jack and Eileen Larson
    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
    Downers Grove , Illinois

  • Monday January 28, 2002 at 2:51 pm
    What a tragedy. Tom was a wonderful classmate. My heart goes out to his family. Alexandra D. Korry New York, NY

    Alexandra D. Korry
    NY, NY

  • Tuesday January 29, 2002 at 10:45 am
    Lisa, my heart mourns with you. I just learned about the horrific news concerning your husband, Professor Thomas Blackwell. I just knew him as Tom, my Texas high school classmate and buddy -- a witty, sometimes nutty, teenager with an effervescent brilliant mind, a contagious passion for deep converstation, and a strikingly tender heart. I haven't seen him in over 20 years. My great loss... In reading the condolences, I see what a great legacy Tom has left for his family and friends. Tom, I just pulled out my dusty high school annual and read what you wrote to me. When I meet you in heaven someday, please fill me in on the past 20 some years. You have encouraged, touched, and changed so many lives. 1 Cor 15: 20-58

    Eric A. Mair, MD
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center
    Washington, DC

  • Tuesday January 29, 2002 at 3:54 pm
    With the last name of Brown, I sat two people behind Tom most of my elementary school days. In the fourth grade, Tom added an ugly sun to my drawing of a Viking ship. I knew then that he would impact the world with his brilliance and I would persue art. Decades later, I had the pleasure of reaquainting myself with our old school friend when he helped me with the legal work of my design firm. What a loss of a beautiful soul, a brilliant mind and precious friend. Lisa, not a day has gone by that I haven't thought of you and your children. My prayers are always with you, Zeb, Zeke and Jillian.

    Amber Brown
    Murray/Brown Creative Group
    Fort Worth, Texas

  • Tuesday January 29, 2002 at 7:17 pm
    I cannot add more eloquent words to those posted here. I too grew up with Tom and Lisa. Tom was a very dear friend to me. I will carry his memory with me until I see him again.

    Lorri J. Crittenden
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
    Texas/USA

  • Wednesday January 30, 2002 at 12:17 am
    When I met Tom for the first and only time, at last summer's ALWD conference, I found the man himself to be as quick, as funny, as dedicated, and as warm as the "online" Tom I'd met on the legal writing lists. By all accounts, this was a remarkable man. I mourn the senseless loss of a valued colleague, and extend my deepest sympathy to Tom's family.

    Catherine J. Wasson
    Widener University School of Law - Harrisburg
    Harrisburg, PA

  • Wednesday January 30, 2002 at 12:22 pm
    I spent three days at Appalachian School of law in the Fall of 2000 on an ABA site evaluation team. I was so impressed with the warmth and dedication of the faculty, and Tom was one who stood out. I know how well liked and respected he was by his students, and how fully he gave to them. Ultimately there are really no words to express the horror and sadness one experiences upon hearing the circumstances of his death. I hope there is some consolation in knowing how well he lived his short life.

    Mary Jo Eyster
    Brooklyn Law School
    Brooklyn, New York

  • Wednesday January 30, 2002 at 8:40 pm
    Lisa and family: My deepest sympathy goes to all of you. Please know that you will be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers as you cope with this horrible tragedy. I know God will be holding you very close during this most difficult time.

    Susan Kosse
    Brandeis School of Law
    Kentucky/USA

  • Friday February 01, 2002 at 1:37 pm
    On behalf of everyone in Suffolk's Legal Practice Skills Program, I express our condolences. Our thoughts are with you.

    Kathy Vinson
    Suffolk University Law School
    MA, US

  • Friday February 01, 2002 at 3:49 pm
    Lisa and family: I will always feel honored to have known Tom as a colleague and friend. He was one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever met. I always knew how dedicated Tom was to his profession, his school and his students. The beautiful funeral in Dallas brought home to me his commitment to family, friends and faith. If there is ever anything we can do to help you carry out that commitment, please call on us.

    Eric Easton
    Association of Legal Writing Directors
    Maryland USA

  • Friday February 01, 2002 at 3:54 pm
    Lisa, we think of you and the kids everyday. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Grayson and Carol Haller
    Elmhurst, IL

  • Friday February 01, 2002 at 4:18 pm
    One of the more meaningful measures of anybody's life has to be the positive influences that the person had on others while he or she was alive. By making a positive difference in the lives of other people, we "live on" after death. There is no doubt that Tom Blackwell "lives on" in this way through the many students that he taught and positively influenced and, of course, through his children and his wife and the many other friends and family whose lives he must have touched and influenced in a very positive way. Even though I only met and chatted with Tom two or three times at conferences, I could tell from Tom's intelligence and insight that he was making a difference in his profession and in the lives of so many law teaching colleagues. Now having learned of his family, I also know that he made a big difference in the lives of those he knew and loved outside of his work as well. I am so sorry about Tom's death, and I hope you are comforted by the memory of what he achieved in his all too short life. My thoughts are with you.

    Ben Bratman
    State Univ. of NY at Buffalo Law School
    New York, USA

  • Friday February 01, 2002 at 4:40 pm
    Dear Lisa and family, I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I became acquainted with Tom through our work in ALWD. His ready smile and warmth is how I will always remember him. I am glad that I had a chance to know him. He was a special gift to us all, and I will miss him. On behalf of the Legal Practice professors, I extend our heartfelt condolances to you and your family. To the Appalachian Law School Community, Your loss is felt throughout the legal writing community. How lucky we all are to have known him.

    Grace Tonner
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Sunday February 03, 2002 at 9:30 am
    I only knew Tom for a short time How ever I showed me that the study of Law was more than the Black letter Law it too was the understanding of the persons and events happening around the case. I worked along side tom on my community service project helping under served persons in Grundy and here is where Tom shined. He will be missed.

    Jon Malone
    one of his students and a friend
    Tennessee

  • Monday February 04, 2002 at 10:50 am
    I recently pulled out my list of participants at the ALWD convention in Minnesota. I noticed that I had placed a check mark by Tom Blackwell's name. This was a note to myself that I had met him and planned to make future contact. He certainly made an impression. He obviously made a lasting impression on the legal writing community too. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Grace H. Barry
    Paul M. Hebert Law Center - L.S.U.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70808

  • Monday February 04, 2002 at 2:12 pm
    Those who bloom in the hearts of others never die. The weeks pass since Tom's senseless death, yet we continue to feel the enormous loss, as if a chasm has opened up and swallowed our internet friend and LWI/ALWD colleague. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Tom's family. Tom -- you are missed, but will never be forgotten.

    Katy Mercer
    CWRU Law School
    Cleveland, Ohio

  • Monday February 04, 2002 at 2:27 pm
    Some of my strongest memories of Tom are those hours that we spent in the hallways and coffeeshops at convention hotels, caught up in extended, enthusiastic, broad-ranging discussions of law school teaching and legal writing and service. The strongest underlying theme to those conversations was one of passionate professionalism. Tom Blackwell exemplified the best of both characteristics: a passionate and professional teacher and lawyer, he not only gave freely of himself, but encouraged everyone to seek out those nascent qualities in themselves and nurture their development in others. We would best honor his memory by emulating his example.

    Nancy Soonpaa
    Texas Tech School of Law
    Lubbock, TX

  • Monday February 04, 2002 at 6:54 pm
    Dear Lisa and the kids, Tom was a wonderful colleague and he contributed greatly to the field of legal writing. When I asked for his help dealing with the website last summer, he not only said yes quickly and cheerfully, but made me feel that I had made a new friend. We will remember him and miss him for years to come.

    Terrill Pollman
    Boyd School of Law, UNLV
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Wednesday February 06, 2002 at 11:13 am
    The legal writing community has lost a dear friend. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are all so sorry for this tremendous loss.

    Melissa H. Weresh
    Drake University Law School
    Des Moines, Iowa

  • Friday February 08, 2002 at 8:50 am
    We here at Bedford and Liberty send out our condolences and sympathy along with prayers of hope to the school and victims. We ask you to stay strong. Sincerely Bedford

    Brian
    Liberty High School
    VA Bedford

  • Friday February 08, 2002 at 5:59 pm
    It took me a month to get here. Jack Costello

    John L. Costello
    Geo. Mason U. Sch. of Law
    VA

  • Tuesday February 12, 2002 at 3:25 pm
    As an Appalachian School of Law Alumnus, I was fortunate enough to have studied Legal Writing under Professor Blackwell. Soon after assuming a position as an attorney, I was assigned the task of writing an appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. My Managing Attorney complemented the form and quality of my appellate brief. I e-mailed Professor Blackwell and thanked him for teaching me HOW to write an appellate brief! I will always remember Professor Blackwell for his sincere dedication to making ASL a quality legal institution. Professor Blackwell was the Law Review Advisor, but he did much more than merely advise. I worked with Professor Blackwell and several other students in an attempt to build a Law Review from the ground up. Professor Blackwell knew what needed to happen and put us all on the right track to ensure success. Nothing would have ever materialized without his dedication and guidance. Professor Blackwell had such a wonderful easy-going nature that all his students enjoyed joking around and socializing with him. I remember he wore an extremely loud Hawaiian print shirt to our student graduation party and mingled around just like a student! He was certainly a person who naturally possessed qualities that every person should strive to possess. I will never forget the great contribution that Professor Blackwell had on my legal training and my life.

    Heather Young Howard, Esq.
    ASL Alumnus
    VA

  • Wednesday February 13, 2002 at 3:26 pm
    I did not have the privilege of meeting Prof. Blackwell. However, I have followed the story of ASL for years. I met with dean Sutin last summer and was impressed with the passion the staff and faculty have for ASL. From the comments here, I know that Prof. Blackwell shared that passion for his students. My prayers and condolences to Prof. Blackwell's family and colleagues.

    Amy Jarmon
    Attorney and Consultant
    Richmond, VA

  • Saturday February 16, 2002 at 8:57 pm
    I am saddened by the loss of this fine man. His desire to contribute to the legal education of young lawyers will always be remembered. As a retired lawyer from the state of Kentucky, my deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of this fellow member of the Bar.

    Kay Schafer
    Kentucky

  • Saturday February 16, 2002 at 9:28 pm
    My heart goes out to Mrs. Blackwell and her children. May God Bless you and Keep you all safe in his care.

    Kim Boone
    Mercer County Prosecutors Office
    Princeton, WV

  • Wednesday February 20, 2002 at 1:15 pm
    Lisa and children: Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your family was an important part of the Gloria Dei family. Your Dad was truly a servant to God's ministry and is now in His care. May God comfort you and keep you in His care forevermore. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Cindy Hernandez and Family
    Gloria Dei Member
    Downers Grove, IL

  • Friday February 22, 2002 at 10:39 pm
    My heart goes out to Professor Blackwell's family and friends. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. May God bless you!

    Sarah Cheatham
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA

  • Monday February 25, 2002 at 12:38 am
    A tragic loss such as this touches all of us deeply. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and the children, as well as the entire ASL community. May God comfort you in this great loss.

    Charles Oates
    Regent School of Law
    Virginia Beach, VA

  • Friday March 08, 2002 at 12:42 pm
    Having worked with Tom, I know that the law and legal academics have lost a shining example of what a teacher is, and that the communities of ASL and Grundy VA have lost a true friend. As a husband and father of young children, I barely can imagine the loss that Tom's family is feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rob Gatter
    Penn State - Dickinson School of Law
    Carlisle, PA

  • Tuesday April 09, 2002 at 7:20 pm
    Lisa, Evelyn and I send you our most heart felt condolences. We pray for your beautiful family. Tom was a wonderful guy who had a great sense of humor and friendship. As old Texas High School Classmates we could not help but remember the old times. May God bless you and your Family.

    Chessley R. Atchison, DVM, PhD-+ & Evelyn (Simon) Atchison
    United States Army
    APG, Maryland

  • Thursday April 11, 2002 at 11:13 pm
    During my time at ASL I was fortunate enough to have Tom Blackwell twice as a professor. He was an amazingly intelligent and witty man who inspired me to do my best. I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to study law under his direction. My deepest condolences to Lisa and the family. Professor Blackwell was a great lawyer, professor and human being. The ASL family will never forget how lucky we were.

    Mindi M. Mullins Taylor
    ASL Class of 2001
    VA/U.S.A.

  • Saturday May 04, 2002 at 9:00 pm
    I will always remember the help Professor gave me when I first entered ASL.

    William K. Bonilla
    3L Appalachian School of Law
    KY, USA

  • Wednesday May 22, 2002 at 6:03 pm
    My condolences are not enough to express my sympathy for your loss. May God be with him now and forever. You are all in my prayers.

    Gina N Martinez
    St. John\'s School of Law 1L Student
    New York, USA

  • Tuesday June 11, 2002 at 10:38 am
    Grieve not for those that have gone, for his mission for God has been completed, Celebrate instead for his being called home, and the celebration that welcomes him to his Father's house.

    Charles Thompson
    Loislaw, An Aspen Publishers Company
    AR USA

  • Thursday June 13, 2002 at 5:24 pm
    Even though, we law students are taught that words are vitally important and their proper application can make the difference between winning and losing a case, words seem petty at this point in time. Surely no words can express my heartfelt sympathy to Professor Blackwell's family. Just know that you are thought of and prayed for often.

    Kenneth A. Brown
    2L Appalachian School of Law
    Grundy, VA

  • Thursday June 20, 2002 at 1:36 pm
    It's been a while, and I am still trying to find the words...maybe some day, until then thank you.

    Jason, 3L
    ASL
    VA/US

  • Thursday July 04, 2002 at 10:37 am
    May God floods him with much love and grace in heaven, and may his family and friends find peace because God took him home. However, we are still here, adn we can continue in the task to upold the rule of law and democracy, freedom and prosperity for all mankind.

    Jitka Holikova
    Anglo-American College Prague, law student
    Prague, the Czech Republic, Europe

  • Thursday July 04, 2002 at 10:40 am
    May God flood him with much love and grace in heaven, and may his family and friends find peace because God took him home. However, we are still here, and we can continue in the task to upold the rule of law and democracy, freedom and prosperity for all mankind.

    Jitka Holikova
    Anglo-American College Prague, law student
    Prague, the Czech Republic, Europe

  • Thursday August 01, 2002 at 9:45 am
    I worked with Tom while he was still at UTA completing his Bachelor's degree. He was always jovial and his gifted intelligence was obvious. Reading of his lengthy accomplishments, proves out the potential that was evident so long ago. To his family and all the lives he touched, there aren't any words that can express the loss.

    Al Hanna
    IBM
    Plano, Texas

  • Thursday August 01, 2002 at 9:45 am
    I worked with Tom while he was still at UTA completing his Bachelor's degree. He was always jovial and his gifted intelligence was obvious. Reading of his lengthy accomplishments, proves out the potential that was evident so long ago. To his family and all the lives he touched, there aren't any words that can express the loss.

    Al Hanna
    IBM
    Plano, Texas

  • Saturday September 28, 2002 at 12:50 pm
    Lisa, Zeb, Jillian and Zack, Please remember that the value of life is not measured in time but in the love we share with others. Tom shared his abundant love with all. When time is no more we will be together again. We love each of you.

    Kemper and Connie Bausell
    Grundy, Virginia

  • Friday December 06, 2002 at 11:13 am
    I went to high school with both Tom and Lisa and have known for a long time what a very special man Tom was. His legacy in his children will carry on that but the loss for those of us that were priveledged to have known him is great. Zeb, Jillian and Zack - your Dad was a wonderful man.

    Toni (Eck) Ewton
    Coppell, TX

  • Tuesday January 13, 2004 at 12:34 pm
    Lisa, Zeb, Jillian, and Zeke: Today is Tom's birthday -- and I am not certain how old he would have been. Early 40's, I believe. Last year on his birthday I was in Dallas and passed the church where his amazing funeral (with all the spectacular music he had pre-requested) was held. I stopped in and prayed for you all, hoping you are doing okay, and wondering how you could be. I often drive down 281 south of Dallas and pass close to where I know his cemetary is outside of Hamilton. I think of Tom and you all every time. Losing a father and husband is terrible. Losing a great father, husband, professor, teacher, community member is unthinkable. He is missed. I often think of and quote his "quotable quotes," which are treasures. I am so glad that I knew Tom and had a chance to enjoy his intellect and sense of humor. I hope you all are doing well as you go on with your lives. You will always be in my prayers.

    Renee Colwill Lovelace
    Dripping Springs, Texas

  • Monday January 19, 2004 at 12:49 am
    I miss my best friend. I miss him most when I need advice. I miss him when I see his family. I miss him when I run. I want to talk to him. I want his children to see him. I want his wife to hold him.

    Andrew B. Sommerman
    Sommerman & Quesada
    Texas

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