Daniel W. Shuman
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Shuman, Daniel W. Daniel W. Shuman, 62, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2011 after a courageous and brave battle against Multiple System Atrophy. He is survived, loved and will be deeply missed by his wife, Emily Atlas, his daughters Brooke Blecher, her husband, Matthew, their daughters, Ella, Maya and Sloane, Lindsy Catino, her husband, Tullio, their children, Ty and Reese, Julia Weisz, her husband, David, and Johanna Aronson, his father, Bernard Shuman and sister, Beth Shuman. His two loving caregivers, Willy Webster and Esta Chira, allowed him to live his life to the fullest. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Dan graduated from the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Law, Order of the Coif. After law school, Dan worked for Legal Aid and the Arizona Attorney General. He was the M.D. Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor of Health Law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he served on the faculty for 34 years, through April 2011. He published over a dozen books and several dozen articles. Dan received the American Psychiatric Association Manfred S. Guttmacher Award in 1988 and 2011. Dan and Emily married in 1994. They enjoyed traveling and skiing. He passed his love and respect of education, adventure, and travel to his daughters. He thoroughly enjoyed research, writing, teaching, and cycling. He was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 28, 10:00 am, at Temple Emanuel, Lefkowitz Chapel, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Texas Voice Project for Parkinson Disease http://www.texasvoiceproject.org/contact.html)

Published by Dallas Morning News from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2011.
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I was fortunate to have studied under Professor Shuman as his student and research assistant. I gained knowledge, but acquired even greater wisdom. May his memory live forever.
Matthew Thomas
June 29, 2012
Professor Shuman was one of my first year professors at SMU. I was sorry I did not hear he passed away until recently. I wanted to offer belated condolences. He was a great teacher and even better person.
Bradley O'Neill
June 16, 2012
My sympathy to his family. He was a great professor and I will remember him always! As first year students we learned from him to think about the real world problems of people as well as the legal issues involved.
March 6, 2012
I am praying for the beloved family of Professor Shuman. He was a very young and vibrant professor of Civil Procedure when I was in his class over 30 years ago. I was very sad to learn that he had passed away.
Nancy Woodall
November 6, 2011
My deepest condolences to Emily and Dan's entire family. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Redd
May 2, 2011
Dear Emily & Family,
Our heart felt condolences. May tears of sorrow become smiles when we remember Dan.
Dorothy & Greg Zarbo
April 28, 2011
An inspirational teacher, mentor, and friend. Prof. Shuman will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Prof. Shuman's family and loved ones.
Matt Bahl
April 28, 2011
Wishing our condolences and love to the family. Cheryl, Hani AJ and Lila
Durzy Family
April 27, 2011
Dan was my first friend. We were born 20 days and 4 doors apart on Upsal St in Philadelphia. We remained friendly until his move west in high school. I will remember him fondly, and I'm sure his family must be proud and comforted by his wonderful accomplishments in his too short sojourn.
David Krause MD
April 27, 2011
I'm from an older school with respect to Professor Shuman. He was my evidence teacher back in the early 80s. As a teacher, he was one of the best. When Ii was trying cases in federal courts around the country, and in local courts in Washington, DC, Maryland, and elsewhere, the lessons he taught me were unbelievable. He was the modern day equivalent of Socrates in the classroom.

I thank my lucky stars that he was my evidence professor, I thank those same stars that I knew him. What he taught me was the basis of my trial career. RIP, Professor Shuman, and thank you.

K.D. Lewis
April 27, 2011
An outstanding educator and such a gentleman. My courses under him remain of great value to my practice, 29 years later. Blessings on Professor. Blessings on his family.

Sandy McKenzie-Smith Horton, Dallas, Tx
April 27, 2011
Brooke and Lindsy, I just heard about your Dad and was flooded with wonderful memories of the time we all spent together. My first thought was how much he adored the two of you and I can imagine he was the best grandfather ever! I am so very sorry for your loss. Shelly, Stevie and I all send you hugs and you will be in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by so many people whose lives he touched.
Shauri Wood/ Bunch
April 27, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you Emily. May God bless you and your family during this time.
Candice Miller
April 27, 2011
Professor Shuman's psychological evidence course was one of the most challenging and entertaining courses that I took at SMU Law. The creative format of the course was genius and I so appreciate all of the practical knowledge I gained from Professor Shuman. I will always be grateful to him for granting a mistrial against my opposing counsel in our mock trial. I am so grateful to have known such an interesting and inspired educator. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Warmest regards,
Cristin Heyns
April 27, 2011
Emily, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I've never seen such strength in a woman with the exception of my mother, that i've seen in you during your trying time. Just know that you exceeded the call of duty of wife and your crown is awaiting your presence in Heaven. You're at&t family is here for you if you need anything
Earnest Tilley
April 27, 2011
The legal community has lost one of its brightest stars in Professor Shuman. As a student and research assistant in 1990 I found him intellectually challenging and always ready to explore new frontiers in the area of psychiatry and the law. More importantly, Professor Shuman was a warm and personable professor who expected much from his students and who enlightened us with his enthusiasm and love for the law. We have lost a great treasure.
Catherine Coats
April 27, 2011
Professor Shuman was one of my first year professors at SMU Law School. He taught with fervor and passion and while at the time, he taught way over my head, in the years to come I found that most everything he taught me stayed with me. Funny how that works....

I will never forget the effort he took to get to know us as students and the kindness and generosity of the Happy Hours he paid for out of his own pocket.

Professor Shuman you will be greatly missed and always admired.

With Much Regard,

Edward Lopez, Jr.
SMU Law 90
Edward Lopez
April 27, 2011
Dear Emily,
Sean and I are deeply saddened to see this news. Professor Shuman had the most profound impact on my law school career. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and guidance. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Britt Darwin-Looney
Britt Darwin-Looney
April 27, 2011
SMU Law just alerted its alumni to the sad news. I had the pleasure of being Professor Shuman's research assistant from 1993-1995. He was a brilliant, hardworking, and kind man and blessed generations of students with his teachings. I saw him not long ago, revisiting my old mentor in Dallas for lunch in Snider Plaza. Rest in peace, Professor. We will miss you.
Albert Lin
April 27, 2011
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