In Memoriam: School of Law Professor Robert Talbot

Robert TalbotProfessor Robert “Bob” Talbot, a longtime and beloved member of the School of Law faculty, passed away June 17 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. 

Professor Talbot was a pioneer in legal clinical education who taught at USF School of Law since 1966 until he retired in 2021. He was a dedicated teacher and mentor to generations of USF lawyers who was always coming up with innovative opportunities for students to learn essential skills for law practice and life. With a passion for helping students learn by working on real cases with real clients, he founded and directed multiple student law clinics in areas including employment discrimination, intellectual property, start-up ventures, and more. He was awarded the university’s Sarlo Prize for excellence in teaching in 2018. 

Many in the USF community will remember Professor Talbot’s charismatic onscreen presence and insightful legal analyses from his countless interviews with local and national media. He was also the consummate musical theater performer who was generous in his offers to teach colleagues how to dance just like him. 

Friends of Prof. Talbot are invited to attend a memorial service and reception on Saturday, September 24th at St. Ignatius Church at 10:30 am and a reception immediately following the services in the Zief Library Terrace Room.


We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Professor Talbot’s family, friends, and colleagues.