Academic journal article The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Remembering Our Friend and Colleague, Professor Charles Koch (1944-2012)

Academic journal article The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Remembering Our Friend and Colleague, Professor Charles Koch (1944-2012)

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The William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal has done well to celebrate the life and work of our longtime friend and colleague, Professor Charles Koch.

Professor Koch was, for many years, a national leader in the field of administrative law. Before entering academia, Professor Koch worked as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. Not long after beginning his academic career at DePaul Law School, Professor Koch joined the law faculty at William & Mary in 1979. Over the course of his thirty-three year career at William & Mary, Professor Koch wrote an important multivolume treatise on administrative law entitled Administrative Law and Practice and served for seven years as Editorin-Chief of the Administrative Law Review. He also held leadership positions in the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Active with the administrative law bar, Professor Koch served on two occasions as a consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States.1

Later in his career, Professor Koch became particularly interested in administrative law in the European Union. Thereafter, much of his teaching and research was devoted to enhancing our understanding of the European Union, and he eventually co-authored a book entitled Administrative Law of the European Union with George Bermann. Professor Koch liked to refer to the European Union as the biggest administrative agency in the world, and he was fascinated by its structure. On many occasions, he would explain in great detail the complexities of the European Union to those of his faculty colleagues who focused almost exclusively on American law.

Professor Koch was much beloved by his faculty colleagues. One faculty colleague, Professor Alemante Selassie, remembers Koch this way:

[Professor Koch] was an unassuming man who loved to learn, always finding new subjects that excited him and inspired him to broaden his intellectual horizon. He also had an unusual ability to listen and listen attentively.... On a personal level, I will always cherish with sadness in my heart the memory of Charles as a man who added breadth, humanity and a special dignity to my life.2

Another faculty colleague, Professor Christie Warren, has described Professor Koch as

[o]ne of the most open-minded, intellectually curious people I have known. [H]e disdained simplistic, rigid thinking and loved nothing more than analyzing legal issues through new lenses Whenever I returned from a field assignment,. …

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