Ernest Gellhorn Dies

A memorial service for Ernest Gellhorn, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, will be held tomorrow, May 11, at 10 a.m. in Room 120 of the School of Law on the Arlington Campus. A reception will follow.

Ernest Gellhorn
Ernest Gellhorn

“The sudden and untimely death of Ernest Gellhorn has cost the legal profession one of its most talented members, the law school a valued teacher and colleague, and has cost me personally a treasured friend of more than 30 years,” says Daniel Polsby, dean of the Law School.

“Ernie was one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the country and one of the its most distinctive and sensible voices on the subject of administrative law. We shall miss him terribly. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family in this most difficult time.”

Formerly a partner in the firm of Jones, Day, Reavis, & Pogue in Washington, D.C., Gellhorn joined the George Mason law faculty in January 1995. He was chair of the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (1990-91) and the Rulemaking Committee of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1986-95) and was coeditor of George Mason’s Supreme Court Economic Review. He served as the dean of the schools of law at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Washington, and Arizona State University. He also taught at the University of Virginia and Duke University. In addition to his numerous scholarly articles, he published a casebook on administrative law and student texts on administrative law, antitrust law, and regulated industries. Gellhorn was frequently quoted in the media for his views on antitrust issues. He received his BA and LLB degrees from the University of Minnesota.

An announcement about the family’s wishes concerning memorial donations will be made later.

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