Daniel Shuman

May 4, 1948April 26, 2011

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 April 28, 10:00am, at Lefkowitz Chapel at Temple Emanuel, 8500 Hillcrest Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Texas Voice Project for Parkinson Disease (


  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 28, 2011

Daniel Shuman

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Matthew Thomas

June 29, 2012

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.

Bradley O'Neill

June 16, 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.

March 6, 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.

Nancy Woodall

November 6, 2011

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.

Jeff Redd

May 2, 2011

My deepest condolences to Emily and Dan's entire family. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dorothy & Greg Zarbo

April 28, 2011

Dear Emily & Family,
Our heart felt condolences. May tears of sorrow become smiles when we remember Dan.

Matt Bahl

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.

Durzy Family

April 28, 2011

Wishing our condolences and love to the family. Cheryl, Hani AJ and Lila

David Krause MD

April 28, 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.

April 28, 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