Berkeley Law Professor Philip Frickey, known for his expertise in public law and federal Indian law and policy, died Sunday, July 11, after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.
Frickey, who clerked with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, came to Berkeley Law in 2000 after 17 years at the University of Minnesota Law School.
In addition to his teaching and scholarly writing, Frickey volunteered his time, working with the Native American Rights Fund and National Congress of American Indian, and writing amicus briefs on their behalf in U.S. Supreme Court cases. He was very involved in the law school; He chaired the school’s faculty appointments committee and helped hire and mentor young instructors.
"Whatever joy and success I’ve had as dean, there simply is no member of the faculty to whom I owe more than Phil," Berkeley Dean Christopher Edley said in an obituary posted on the school’s Web pages. "I join his students in saying that I've learned an enormous amount from him. And in the history of this school, only a handful have created a comparable institutional legacy."
Frickey is survived by Mary Ann Bernard, his wife of 27 years, two children, Alexander Bernard Frickey and Elizabeth Bernard Frickey; his brother, Charles Frickey; his sister, Michele Scherzer; and nine nieces and nephews.
A memorial service at the law school is being planned. Iin lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Frickey student funds here by designating the gifts to one or both funds. Questions may be directed to Andrew Kaufteil at 510-642-7574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.