Longtime law professor to be remembered

January 7, 2013 | Events, UToday, Law
By Staff

The UT community is invited to remember Beth A. Eisler Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.


Eisler, professor of law and resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Dec. 31 at age 66.

For 26 years, she taught in the UT College of Law, mostly in the fields of contracts and evidence. Eisler also served as associate dean for academic affairs in the college from 1993 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2005, and as interim dean from 2005 to 2006.

“This would be a very different — and not nearly as good — law school had Beth Eisler not been a part of it,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “As an administrator and faculty member, she was instrumental in shaping our program and the composition of our faculty.

“Beth Eisler was an outstanding and caring teacher, and thousands of students had a better education and experience for having known her. She was a role model for female students hoping to balance a professional career and family life.”

Devoted to and greatly admired by her students, Eisler received the Outstanding Professor Award from the College of Law graduating class three times. In addition, she received The University of Toledo’s Student Impact Award in 2011 and 2012.

“Professor Eisler was an extraordinary teacher and a great person,” 1992 law alumnus David Fine wrote in an email. “She not only taught us the law, she explained to us how it worked and why, and she did so with good humor and wonderful accessibility.

“Professor Eisler never demanded respect — she earned it — and so many of us will remember her with gratitude and appreciation.”

Before joining the UT College of Law in 1987, Eisler taught at Wayne State University Law School and was an attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was involved in drafting and commenting on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Born in New York City in 1946, Eisler received a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and a law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.

She was active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Michigan Supreme Court State Board of Law Examiners.

Eisler is survived by her husband, Ira Fisher; her children, Maia Fisher (Gene Keselman) and Alex Fisher (Tiffany); her grandchildren, Mirabelle and Neve Keselman, and Xavier and Oliver Fisher; her mother, Naomi Sokol; her brother, Arlan Eisler; her sister-in-law, Jane Eisler; and her sister, Andrea Eisler.

The family suggests memorials to the UT College of Law Beth Eisler Student Assistance Fund at the UT Foundation; the goal of the fund is to provide students with grants during emergencies. Donations in her honor also may go to Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor.

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