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I was most fortunate to have known Anne Dupre in a variety of
settings. I first met Anne when she was a 1L student in my Torts
class. We remained in touch during her two clerkships and a stint
with a Washington, D.C. law firm. When Anne decided to become
a law professor, I helped recruit her to our faculty. We both
taught first year courses, often in the same section. Anne became
one of my closest friends and colleagues. As I reflect on our
relationship that covers many decades one theme sticks out: Anne
took things seriously. She walked the walk. Whether it was her
studies, work in the courts and the law firm, classroom teaching,
scholarship, friendships, or golf, Anne took it all seriously. I do not
mean to suggest that she lacked humor or joy. On the contrary,
Anne saw the humor in things more sharply and experienced the
joy of life more keenly because she cared so deeply. She took
nothing for granted.
Anne was the student every professor hopes to have. She was
attentive, prepared, and inquisitive. She was the student who
came to you at the end of class to follow up with a question or two-
not in the perfunctory way of an annoying gunner, but because she
had thought about the materials carefully (as we instruct our
students to do) and remained uncertain or doubtful despite my
best Socratic efforts to clarify. Anne posed difficult questions for
which I often did not have an answer. Her questions made me
think. This was not a game of "gotcha," but a sincere effort on her
part to make better sense of the murky world we call law.

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