Milton Handler taught his first class at Columbia four years before I was born. Because of my parents' tardiness, he was beginning his twenty-sixth year on the Faculty by the time I was old enough to register for his course in Trade Regulation in the fall of 1953. I have been an admirer of Milton Handler ever since.
It has been my good fortune to know him in many ways. As a teacher, he was truly extraordinary – a penetrating analyst, a builder of grand syntheses, a master of the Socratic method. Though his courses were usually electives, most of our living alumni chose to study with him. I reveal my own prejudice when I say that perhaps it is here that Milton has made his most enduring contribution. There is a sense in which a great teacher's gift lasts to infinity. What he transmits is in turn transmitted by the next generation and so on for all time.
Michael I. Sovern,
Professor Milton Handler,
Colum. L. Rev.
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