Remembering Donald P. Rothschild

The GW Law community remembers with gratitude the life of Donald P. Rothschild, who served as a professor at the Law School for 23 years and retired emeritus with a distinguished research chair named in his honor. Professor Rothschild passed away on Monday, February 28. He was a renowned labor arbitrator who taught labor, employment, and disability law, and was among the pioneers of clinical legal education in the United States.

“Donald Rothschild was an exceptional teacher, colleague, and academic,” said Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs. “His many contributions to the GW Law community—especially to The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics—will always be appreciated and remembered. We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, but inspired by his legacy. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Professor Rothschild played a key role in establishing the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics in the 1970s, and founded Consumer H-E-L-P, an organization engaged in litigation, advocacy, research, and publishing activities on behalf of consumers. “Don's first concern was always to be an effective and interesting teacher—and that he was, adored by many classes of law school students for his enthusiasm, learning, and vigor,” Professor Luize E. Zubrow said. “He also was committed to public service; overseeing and supporting the Law School's clinics for the poor. He was a very special person and I will always remember him with fondness and admiration.”

Professor Rothschild wrote several books on labor and consumer law, as well as memoirs and a novel. After leaving GW Law, he taught at New York Law School, was a partner at Tillinghast, Collins & Graham, and was general counsel for the Groden Network.