Tribute to Professor Carroll “John Was Third”

Jim Gibson *

In any law school, there are those of us—most of us, really—who like to hear ourselves talk. We think that no conversation is complete until we have voiced our views.

But then there are those rare few who do not feel that need, who instead have a talent for picking their moments and crystallizing an issue with a single, insightful observation. That was John Carroll. At a faculty meeting, in a colloquy with a visiting scholar, and of course in the classroom, John could be counted on to say the wise thing at just the right time. His quiet voice could fill a room. It is impossible to contemplate never hearing it again.

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*       Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Institute, University of Richmond School of Law; J.D., 1995, University of Virginia; B.A., 1991, Yale University.