Obituary: Neil Bernstein, JD, professor of law emeritus

Neil Bernstein, JD, professor of law emeritus, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. He was 83.


After 38 years on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and serving with eight deans, Bernstein assumed emeritus status in 2005.

He taught thousands of students. He also published and lectured widely on insurance, labor and employment law; testified before congressional committees; served as a consultant to state and national organizations; and served as a frequent commentator in the national and international news media.

Before joining the faculty in 1967, Bernstein was a visiting assistant professor at the law school; worked in private practice, including as an attorney for AT&T; and was a motions clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

He took a leave of absence from the law school in 1973–74 to serve as general counsel to the Missouri Department of Insurance. Bernstein also acted as a consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States and to the National Association of Attorneys General.

He was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He taught courses in insurance law, labor law, international law, antitrust, regulated industries, employment discrimination, and employment law.

Bernstein’s published works include “Volume 19: Appleman on Insurance,” as well as monographs for the International Encyclopedia for Insurance Law, the three-volume treatise “Labor and Employment Arbitration,” and the two-volume treatise “Insuring Real Property.”

Bernstein is survived by his wife Marcia and his children Philip Bernstein (Michele) and Laura Dudley (Cosby), and his grandchildren Tyler Bernstein, Ryan Bernstein, Caitlin Dudley and Kenan Dudley.

A funeral service was held Aug. 12, 2015, at Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis County.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the St. Louis County Library Foundation, 1640 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, Mo., 63131.