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On April 5, 2004, the Santa Clara University School of Law lost a beloved and exceptional professor, mentor, colleague, and friend. Professor Herman M. Levy passed away in Oroville, California, the day before his seventy-fifth birthday. Herman had taken a quick trip to Oroville to conduct a labor arbitration; he had served for many years as an arbitrator throughout California and other western states. Every year, I invited him to visit my first-year civil procedure class to talk about arbitration as a form of dispute resolution; he always delighted the class with his combination of wry humor and practical wisdom. These "simple gifts"-educating students and conducting arbitrations-filled the last years of Herman's life and brought him deep fulfillment. It gives me pleasure to think that Herman passed from this world in the midst of doing what he loved, with warmth and with excellence. May we all be so fortunate.



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