He ran the housing authority. He helped fight a bank merger and launch a local community bank. He helped law students bring cases for free on behalf of people who couldn’t pay. He helped make state schools law. And he has always jumped into civic debates (by name, even in web comments sections).
Over 33 years, Yale Law Professor Bob Solomon has made a continuous difference in New Haven, the model of a non-ivory tower academic.
Now he’s leaving the city, moving with his family.
A two-year-old law school, at the University of California at Irvine, wooed Solomon away. He will launch a community and economic development clinic there. Read about the move here.
The departure date is in June. He plans to continue chairing the housing authority’s board until then.
“New Haven is a great town, and we will miss the wonderful people and the never-ending debate,” Solomon said. “But after 33 years, it’s time for new experiences and new challenges.”
posted by: anon on January 19, 2011 12:22pm
This is a huge loss to New Haven and the entire state. Best of luck to Mr. Solomon on this new opportunity.
Though he will be impossible to replace, hopefully Yale will try.
posted by: NH taxpayer on January 19, 2011 1:05pm
I have had the privilege to work with Bob Simon on several occasions over the last 25 years, and also to see his work and influence on numerous community boards. He is an extremely talented member of this community who has given unselfishly and abundantly. He will be greatly missed. We can take some comfort and give thanks that we had him for so long, and wish him and his family only good. The Law School at Irvine is receiving a great gift.
posted by: Morris Cove Mom on January 19, 2011 2:05pm
And, he volunteered as a soccer coach, for which I will be forever grateful, as will my daughter. Good luck, Coach Bob!
posted by: Threefifths on January 19, 2011 5:01pm
May be he is leaving,because of the cost of living.
posted by: Lisa Hopkins on January 19, 2011 5:37pm
Bob…you and your family will be missed tremendously…the University of California will benefit from your wealth of knowledge and your accomplishments will only enhance that institution…it was truly a pleasure working with you on a number of HOPE VI’s awards in for HANH…safe travels and Godspeed!