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UM Carey Law Professor Emeritus Abraham Dash Has Passed Away

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law community mourns the loss of its friend and colleague, Professor Emeritus Abraham Dash, JD. Dash passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at his home. He was 86.

"For decades Professor Dash was a well-loved and highly respected member of our faculty and the larger legal community," said UM Carey Law Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM. "We will all miss his energy, wisdom, and commitment to the highest ethical standards of our profession."

Dash was "a triple threat -- a man with three careers," said former dean and professor Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA, in 2005, at the time of Dash's retirement from the School.

In addition to his work as a teacher and scholar, he served with distinction as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and as a litigator in the federal government, bringing intelligence and integrity to all three professional arenas.

"Abe Dash was a class act," declared Carey Law professor William Reynolds, JD, in a eulogy he wrote for the UM Carey Law community.

"He was the hands-down ethics expert in the state," noted Carey Law professor Michael Millemann, JD. "He was also a great friend of the clinical program."

After enlisting in the Navy at 16, near the end of World War II, Dash flew transport planes and bombers during the Korean War, becoming the sole survivor of his 51st combat mission when his plane was shot down over Korea. He continued to fly for the Air Force until 1955 and remained an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps until retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1987 after a 42-year military career.

"I never knew if I was to salute him every morning when I passed by his office," Rothenberg recalled.

After earning his JD in just two years from Georgetown Law, Dash spent many years in public service with the federal government. In addition to his work as associate counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, he practiced as a litigator, serving as an associate counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, director of litigation for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, and deputy chief counsel to the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department.

As a Justice Department attorney, Dash won an important case and personal congratulations from Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who asked if there was anything he could do for the successful young lawyer, recalls former UM Carey dean and professor Donald Gifford, JD. Dash asked for an autographed picture of Kennedy. "That picture remained proudly displayed in Abe's office until his death," Gifford noted, "despite the fact that Abe's political allegiances shifted in a different direction later in life."

In 1970, Dash joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he taught courses in administrative law, criminal procedure, and the legal profession.

In addition to teaching law students, Dash was a guest lecturer or instructor at the National Judicial College, the American Bar Association's Administrative Law Section, the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference, and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, among many professional bodies.

Details about his funeral are available here.





Posting Date: 01/15/2014
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu