Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


Remembering Prof. Mike Zimmer

Remembering Prof. Mike Zimmer

Dear Students and Faculty:

It is my sad duty to inform you that Professor Michael Zimmer passed away of lung cancer on September 23. He was 72. Mike joined the full-time law faculty at Loyola University Chicago in 2008. He taught Constitutional Law, International and Comparative Employment Law, and Labor Law.

Mike received his AB and JD from Marquette University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Marquette Law Review. He earned an LLM from Columbia University, where he was named a James Kent Fellow. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas E. Fairchild of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then served as an associate at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. He began his law school teaching career at the University of South Carolina, and taught at a number of law schools. He joined the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1978, served as associate dean from 1990 to 1994, and remained a member of the faculty until 2008. He has taught law students in summer programs in China, England, France, and Italy.

A widely recognized scholar in the areas of employment discrimination law, labor and employment law, and constitutional law, Mike coauthored one of the leading employment discrimination casebooks, as well as one of the first casebooks on international and comparative employment law. He has also published many articles in leading law journals. In 2012, he delivered the 24th Fairchild Lecture at the University of Wisconsin law school, which was a great honor for him because the lecture is named after the judge for whom he clerked. In 2011, he was the recipient of the First Annual Paul S. Miller Award for Contributions To Labor and Employment Law.

Mike was an outstanding legal scholar, as well as a kind and generous colleague, mentor, and friend to our law students and faculty.  We are grateful for his good humor, integrity, judgment, and the many other extraordinary human qualities and professional attributes that he brought to Loyola. He will be sorely missed. Please keep his wife, Professor Margaret Moses, and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, October 11, at Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette, IL, 60091. To view the obituary, click here.

Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to: Professor Margaret Moses, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL, 60611.

David N. Yellen       
Dean and Professor of Law