Dean David F. Levi sent the following message to members of the Duke Law community on Monday after learning of the death of 3L Andrew Katbi.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Andrew Katbi, a member of the class of 2013. Andrew was killed yesterday in a car accident as he returned from a camping trip.
Andrew will be remembered by his friends and classmates as someone who cared deeply about those around him. Whether working to defend indigent clients, contributing to legal scholarship through research assistance, competing in intramural athletics, or spending time with friends, Andrew always pushed himself and those around him to a higher level. Professor Neil Siegel knew him well and says: “Andrew was an excellent student and a better person. In a recent article, I thanked him personally for making the piece so much better than it otherwise would have been. Yet he was just as comfortable – and insightful – talking about sports as he was talking about law.”
Andrew was a lifelong Ohio resident who planned to return to his home state after graduation. He had accepted an offer from Baker Hostetler's litigation department in Columbus. Andrew is survived by his mother, father, sister and longtime girlfriend.
All of us are very sad, and this tragedy falls very hard on Andrew’s family and friends.
Counselors in Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available to students who would like support during this difficult time. To reach a counselor in CAPS, please call (919) 660-1000. Administrators and staff in Duke Law School’s Office of Student Affairs also are offering student support and outreach.
When we have further information from Andrew’s family, including their thoughts on how the Law School community might best come together to remember Andrew, we will share that information.
Dean David F. Levi
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