Lloyd L. Weinreb

In Memoriam

Dane Professor of Law, Emeritus

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Lloyd L. Weinreb was the Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Emeritus, where he taught from 1965-2014. He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1957, a B.A. degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford in 1959 (M.A. 1963), and an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School in 1962.

He served as law clerk to Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice John Marshall Harlan on the Supreme Court of the United States.

From 1964-65, Weinreb was an attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and served on the staff of the Warren Commission. His role on the Warren Commission was, along with two fellow staff members, to research and write Lee Harvey Oswald’s biography.

Weinreb taught courses on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Intellectual Property, Political and Legal Philosophy, and Jurisprudence.

He authored Natural Law and Justice (1987), Oedipus at Fenway Park: What Rights Are and Why There Are Any (1994), and Legal Reason: The Use of Analogy in Legal Argument (2016) as well as casebooks including Leading Constitutional Cases on Criminal Justice which was originally published in 1973 and has been updated annually since then.

He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Press, a trustee of the Loeb Classical Library, and President of the Abbey Theatre Foundation of America.

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Langdell Library 305

Assistant: Ann Wheelwright / 617-998-0226