In Memoriam Mitchell Engler ’90 LLM ’91

Mitchell Engler ’90 LLM ’91, professor of law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, passed away on November 4 at age 58. An editor of the NYU Law Review and the Tax Law Review, Engler was a longtime adjunct professor at the Law School and a former acting assistant professor.

Mitchell Engler
Mitchell Engler ’90 LLM ’91

Engler’s scholarship centered on tax policy. In recent years, the subjects he examined included marriage penalty relief after Obergefell, inconsistencies in contract damages law, and a corporate consumption tax. His papers appeared in a wide range of journals, including Columbia Business Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Washington Law Review, as well as Tax Law Review. In addition to his academic career, Engler worked for five years as an associate at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

A dedicated teacher, Engler received a Best Professor award at Cardozo in 2005. Students at Cardozo and NYU Law appreciated his kindness, good humor, and ability to explain complex subjects clearly and engagingly. “Although he carried a full teaching load at Cardozo, Mitch continued to make critical contributions to our program for years,” says Professor of Tax Law Brant Hellwig, faculty director of NYU Law’s Graduate Tax Program. “Numerous alumni, particularly students in his evening courses, cite Mitch as their favorite professor. Mitch seemingly had time for everybody, and he was known by everyone here as a genuinely good person. I don’t think there is any higher praise than that.” 

Posted November 16, 2022