First Day of Classes Without Dan Markel

By: Charlene Cristobal
August 25, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The first day of classes is usually one of the busiest days of the school year -- students running around campus and the staff trying to make sure everything is going smoothly. But in the hustle and bustle of a "normal" first day, many Florida State University law students say something else was on their mind...their professor, who was missing from their halls for the first time since 2005.

"I know for myself and a lot of students my age, it's kind of sad to think about the fact that younger students won't have the chance to take him," said third year law student David Ward.

Their professor, Dan Markel, they say is gone too soon after he was murdered at his home more than a month ago.

"Obviously, we've lost a colleague who was a very important member of this community," said College of Law Dean, Donald Weidner. "There is a sense of loss that we all share and that loss is going to be felt at a certain extent for a long time."

David Ward said he had Markel during his first year as a law student. "Something that I appreciated being a student and being a young soon-to-be attorney," said Ward. "Was [learning from him] to be thorough in what I did, take pride in it and you know, really sort of dive into what I was doing to do the best that I could."

But even with the empty feeling in the halls, students and staff are pushing through in honor of Markel and his passion for law.

"This is also a very exciting time for the students," said Dean Weidner. "And Dan's work was about those students and our work is about those students."

A memorial is set for Markel on September 16th, at 3 p.m. in Roberts Hall, Room 101.


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