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Sarah Tran, RIP

I was very sad to learn that Southern Methodist University law professor Sarah Tran passed away recently at the too-young age of 34, after a long and courageous battle with leukemia. I have known Sarah for several years (she started her law school education at George Mason before transferring to Georgetown). She was a very promising young scholar. She will be greatly missed. I extend condolences to Sarah’s family, friends, and colleagues.

An obituary with details about her life and work is available at the SMU website here. This 2013 article in the Texas Lawyer describes how she continued to teach her classes even while confined to a hospital bed.

Friends of the family have set up a fund for Sarah’s two small children.

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. He is the author of "The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain" and "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter."

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