Friends, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Remember Professor Kathleen F. Brickey


Submit your memory or tribute in honor of beloved teacher, scholar, colleague, and friend, Kathleen F. Brickey.  Questions or Comments can be directed to Ann Nicholson, Director of Marketing and Communications, anicholson@wustl.edu or (314) 935-6430. Click here to view Professor Brickey's tribute page.


The enthusiasm she brought to each course and to each student she taught, year after year, is a testament to Kathy’s passion and commitment to teaching. She was a brilliant scholar whose work changed the field of corporate criminal law, and she brought this expertise into the classroom. She mentored numerous students into work with judges, prosecutors, public defenders, the Justice Department, and Attorneys General offices. Kathy was an exemplary servant to our university and the law school community. She will be greatly missed.
Kent Syverud
Dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor
 


I have many memories of Kathy as an outstanding teacher, scholar, and colleague. But our best moments together occurred over frequent brown-bag lunches in the Faculty Commons when I was able to observe, appreciate, and admire her intelligence, insight, spontaneous humor, and, best of all, her smile.
David Becker
Joseph H. Zumbalen Emeritus Professor of the Law of Property
 


Kathy, a wonderful colleague, will live on long after today. Death does not silence thought. Her influence as a scholar will continue as long as her writing affects scholars, courts, and legislatures. Her example will live on in the lives of hundreds of her students. Her warmth, enthusiasm, and dedication will live on with those lucky enough to have known her. We should also note that she was sustained and strengthened by her constant partner, Jim. They were not only a married couple. They were an entity—enriching not only their own lives, which they clearly did, but those whom they touched in myriad ways.
Merton Bernstein
Walter D. Coles Professor of Law Emeritus
 


I first met Kathy as a member of the law school dean search committee in 1985–87. My regard for her good judgment, leadership abilities, and conscientiousness led me to call upon her a number of times since to chair the faculty appointments committee, the law faculty’s most critical and demanding committee. Her outstanding record of service, both within the school of law and in the profession, will be her lasting legacy.
Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr.
Dean Emeritus and the William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
 


For a number of years, I was part of a weekly lunch in the Central West End with Kathy and the late Frank Miller. At the time, I was a young faculty member trying to learn the culture and the history of the law school. Kathy was a wonderful mentor with an understated but witty sense of humor. She taught me a lot about the law school and about what it means to serve the institution as a faculty member. On the issue of institutional service, she taught me as much by her example as she did by her words.
Dan Keating
Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law 
 


 Kathy was a great scholar and teacher, but more importantly she was a wonderful person and dear friend. She chaired the appointments committee that hired me 30 years ago and, perhaps feeling some responsibility for what she had done, has mentored me and supported my work ever since in the kindest and most generous way. She was a truly lovely person whom I’ll deeply miss.
Stephen H. Legomsky
John S. Lehmann University Professor and Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
 


I was on the appointments committee that hired Kathy Brickey 30 years ago. Little did we know the eminence she would achieve. But we did not expect her early passing. An important part of her legacy is her devotion to the law, and to the teaching of the law to her students. They carry on her memory.
Daniel R. Mandelker
Howard A. Stamper Professor of Law
 


Kathy was a wonderful mentor, friend, and colleague. A brilliant scholar and demanding teacher, she was devoted to her students and her scholarship. She served on and chaired many important law school committees, and she was instrumental in helping to recruit Chancellor Wrighton to WUSTL. We shared a love of teaching and writing, but also a love of Sanibel Island, that beautiful location on the west coast of Florida that healed the spirit and the body. I will miss Kathy very much—her quiet laugh, wisdom, and grace—I am grateful to have had her as a friend and colleague for so many years.
Leila Nadya Sadat
Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
 


I had the privilege and honor to be Kathy Brickey’s assistant since July 1979. Every day was a good day in the office with the professor. Our mantra was to work hard, but have fun doing it! Summers were especially busy, but the most enjoyable, as she always hired several research assistants who worked side-by-side with us on her publications. Kathy was a great person, boss, mentor, and friend. I will miss her greatly, and the law school will never be quite the same for me without her presence.
Beverly Owens
Assistant Director for Faculty Support
 


Professor Brickey will be greatly missed. I truly enjoyed her Corporate and White Collar Crime class. She was so intelligent and caring. She was also a wonderful professor.
Elizabeth Dillon, Associate, Sowers & Wolf LLC
JD ’11
 
 


Like many Washington University School of Law students, I had the honor of learning Criminal Law from Professor Brickey. She brought wit and humility to every lesson and interaction I ever had with her, and she inspired some of the most interesting and enjoyable class discussions I've ever been a part of. I am truly saddened by her passing, and I will always remember her and be grateful for the time I had with her.
Samuel Strohbehn, Associate, Klinedinst PC
JD ’08
 
 


During my career as a federal prosecutor, Professor Brickey's three-volume treatise, Corporate Criminal Liability, served me well on too many occasions to recount. It enabled scores of millions in fines to be imposed on corporate miscreants and, more important, the halting of large-scale corporate criminal conduct in a variety of economic sectors. Most important, however, was Professor Brickey's attitude: pure encouragement, helpful explanations, and willingness to share ideas whenever I contacted her with questions. She's irreplaceable.
Michael Fagan, Washington University School of Law Adjunct Professor and Regional Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice
JD ’77
 
 


The Class of 1979 had Professor Brickey for Criminal Law in 1976 when Professor Brickey was just a Visiting Professor. Lucky for us and for all students who followed, she decided to stay. I was blessed to be a research assistant for Professor Brickey. She was more than a teacher. She was a mentor and became a lifetime friend. She instilled an enthusiasm for learning, analyzing, and teaching, as well as enjoying the simple things in life. She left an imprint on my life that will last forever. Rest In Peace, my dear, dear teacher, mentor and friend.
Linnea Thompson, Circuit Court Judge, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Illinois
JD ’79
 
 


I had the privilege of attending Professor Brickey's course in White Collar Crimea wonderful and engaging course. As Professor Brickey and I became better acquainted, she would ask about my job prospects, my goals, and my family. She was kind and cared for me as an individual, and I cannot thank her enough.
George Bailey, Research Assistant, World Trade Center St. Louis
JD 13 
 


I was a work-study student working indirectly for Professor Brickey from 2005-2009. She was the first person I ever did legal work for. Although my job mostly involved photocopying books so no black edges showed, cutting and pasting newspaper articles, and ripping pages out of Federal Reporters, I appreciate everything I learned about the law, corporate white collar crime, and criminal law while doing this as a work-study student at Wash U. It's more obvious to me now as a newly practicing attorney that Professor Brickey made an incredible impact on legal scholarship. I'm sad I never thanked her for her influence on my legal upbringing, but I will always think of her any time I hear about Enron, Tyco, or Martha Stewart. RIP Professor Brickey.
Kali Pehrson, Associate, The Law Offices of Peter F. Ferracuti PC
AB ’09
 


Before starting law school, I worked for the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. as an investigator. I thought I knew a lot about criminal law, but I found out I knew nothing until I took Criminal Law from Kathleen Brickey. Her brilliance as an educator was only matched by her kindness as a person.
Kenneth Vuylsteke, Adjunct Professor
JD ’80
 


 Kathy Brickey and Frank Miller were part of my JSD thesis committee at Washington University from 1982–86. Both were giants in the field of criminal law, and I was lucky to have them on my committee. They provided great help with my thesis and also recommended me for a law teaching job at Rutgers, Newark, School of Law. Kathy was warm, caring, and a good friend. She was a brilliant teacher and writer, and we will miss her very much.
George Thomas, Rutgers University Board of Governors Professor
LLM ’84, JSD ’86
 


I will never forget my time with Professor Brickey in her Corporate and White Collar Crime classes. Her eyes can speak. She was very nice and elegant. She was a great professor.
Li Zhang
LLM ’10, JD ’13
 


Professor Brickey was my introduction to Criminal Law. I sincerely enjoyed Professor Brickey’s class and the vast wealth of knowledge she brought to the course. I know that she will surely be missed.
Wilhemina Tyler, Associate, Skiermont Puckett LLP
JD ’07
 


I worked for Professor Brickey for several years in law school. She played a tremendous role in my law school experience and, more than anyone, shaped my view of legal writing and scholarship. In my time with her, she always had a unique and critical perspective on the legal issues of the day, including the Enron scandal, Arthur Andersen’s fall, and Martha Stewart’s trial. I am saddened by her passing and so sorry that other future law students will not have the benefit of being mentored, as I was, by such a wonderful teacher and caring person.
Jon Linas, Associate, Jones Day
JD ’05
 


I have heard of Professor Brickey’s passing. That’s a shame. I remember her. She was as nice as she was intelligent. My condolences to all who loved her and knew her.
William Sabino
LLM-Taxation ’83
 


I remember Kathy so well as the leader of the dean search team. She was superb in that role as well as all tasks to which she put her mind. The law school has lost a great member of faculty. My condolences to the family.
David Partlett
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University
 


Professor Brickey offered me my first opportunity at Socratic dialogue. While the opportunity wasn't an abject failure, Professor Brickey raised my confidence as a student by slowly walking me toward the answer she sought with empathy and caring. Thank you, Professor Brickey; that meant a lot to me.
Stephen Tock, Branch Manager, LPL Financial Advisors
JD '86
 


Professor Brickey was my Criminal Law teacher, and I did some work for her during law school. She was always kind, tough, and accessible. She went out of her way to help and support students and was one of the smartest professors I ever met. She was dedicated to the Washington University School of Law, and it will be a big loss. I am so sad but happy to have had the privilege to have known her, learned from her, and worked with her.
Steve Horace, Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP
JD '85
 


I was so sorry to learn of Professor Brickey's passing. She was a wonderful and inspiring professor and role model, especially for female law students. May she rest in peace.
Lauren Tatar, Staff Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery
JD '92
 


I had the pleasure of attending Kathy's first Criminal Law course at Washington University. She quickly became one of my section's favorite professors, both inside and outside of the classroom. She taught me to succinctly frame an issue: she was the best. My sympathy goes out to her family.
Andy Miofsky, CEO, Miofsky Law Office, and Founder/Owner, BankruptcyLawNetwork.com
JD '79
 


As one of her first-year Criminal Law students in 1992, I remember Professor Brickey as a masterful teacher who could convey substance and impart fun with each discussion, each question. I left each class period smarter than when I arrived. For 21 years and counting since then, Professor Brickey’s talent, insight, and generosity in the classroom remain with me, composing the finest example of a teacher..
Jeff Hamburg, Principal at the Regulatory Affairs Counsel
JD '95
 


I had the privilege of working as Professor Brickey's research assistant the summer after my first year, a time when I was struggling to feel like law school was a good fit for me. She served as a kind, wise, and understanding mentor, and I will forever be grateful for her guidance and compassion.
Brigid Coleman
JD/MSW ’02
 


I took two classes from Prof. Brickey—White Collar Crime and Intellectual Property. Her wonderful teaching encouraged me to pursue a career in IP law. Prof. Brickey was a tremendous person. She will be missed. I am heartbroken to hear the news of her passing.
Thomas William "Bill" Alvey, General Counsel at Silverpop Systems Inc.
JD ’92
 


In memory of an expert in white collar crime, and a woman ahead of her time. Professor Brickey was a fabulous and inspiring professor. When I ended up practicing in the field of criminal law, it was amazing to learn that the “go to” books on white collar crime were authored by Professor Brickey. What a true honor to have been her student. My condolences to her family on their tragic loss.
Patti Sacks Phelan, Owner, The Law Office of Patricia S. Phelan
LLM ’89
 


What a tragic loss for the Washington University Community, as well as Professor Brickey''s family and friends. Professor Brickey was a brilliant teacher and scholar, but she taught us in a kind and unassuming manner. We were enriched by her knowledge, but we were educated by her graceful dignity as a teacher, and honored by her enriching, nurturing presence as an educator. She will be missed, and we have seen a brilliant light extinguished far too soon.
Curt P. Bogen, Owner, The Law Office of Attorney Curt P. Bogen LLC
JD ’89
 


I had the pleasure of working closely with Professor Brickey as part of her corporate fraud seminar. She was endlessly helpful, patient, and kind while working with me on my seminar paper. It was clear that she loved teaching, and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from her. She will be missed.
Erin Nave, Associate, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
JD ’09
 


Professor Brickey was truly inspirational to me during my time at Washington University School of Law. As a first year law student, I was motivated by her to explore an interest in criminal law. She also provided a great role model for female attorneys.
Kelly Morrison-Lee, General Attorney for the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
JD ’04
 


Summer 2013