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The first time I met Betsy, now some twenty years'ago, she simply appeared during office hours to ask about being a research assistant. She had finished her first semester of law school, she said, and-as she put it-"there must be something more to it than this." So began Betsy's career as a legal historian; to which she brought a classics background, a powerful mind, prodigious imagination, irony, whimsy, and, to put it mildly, a way with words. Betsy was, of course, a superb student, as Charlie Donahue, Bruce Frier, and I immediately recognized, one from whom one learned as much as one taught. Her range of interests-from Roman law, to medieval Continental law, to the entire common-law tradition-was rare indeed. Betsy's writing was economical yet colorful, affecting and often inspired. And perhaps the highest commendation: the quality of her papers always justified the length of the incomplete she had taken.