No biography can begin to capture the enduring effect that Dean Eisenberg had on his family, students, fellow faculty, colleagues, and clients.
Howard B. Eisenberg was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Herman and Margie Eisenberg on December 9, 1946. A graduate of the Chicago public schools, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, with highest distinction, in Russian Area Studies, and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, again with honors, in 1971. He clerked for Justice Horace Wilkie of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for one year and then served as the State Public Defender of Wisconsin from 1972 to 1978.
In 1978, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as Executive Director of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association until 1983. He then served as a faculty member and director of clinical programs at Southern Arkansas at Little Rock from 1991 to 1995.
In 1995, he returned to Wisconsin to serve as Dean and Professor of Law at Marquette University, where he remained until his death on June 4, 2002.
Dean Eisenberg is survived by his wife Phyllis Eisenberg, and their three grown children, Nathan, Adam & Leah.
Additional Reflections & Resources
- Howard Eisenberg Legacy
Marquette University Law School
- In Memoriam: Howard B. Eisenberg (PDF)
Craig Allen Nard, Case Western Law Review, 2002
- Special Issue: In Memory of Howard B. Eisenberg (PDF)
Marquette University Law School, 2002
- What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Like Me Doing in a Place Like This?
Speech Presented by Dean Eisenberg, Oct. 15, 1999