Those inside and outside the legal academy are still coming to terms with the sudden and tragic loss of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel, who was shot and killed at his Tallahassee home on Friday. Dan touched the lives of hundreds of students and colleagues. I was fortunate to know him since law school, and wanted to share some (admittedly scattered) memories of a friend lost too soon.Even as a 1L, when most of us felt uncertain and trembling about our career decisions (or even just making it through the next class), Dan carried a certain unusual confidence. In criminal law, he argued in favor of sending people to “virtue schools.” He lugged his old Macintosh laptop to all classes, dragging the plug carefully across the floor behind his classmates’ chairs. On Saturday afternoons after synagogue, he was known to offer friends a mean vegetarian chopped liver. He was a character, and a sincere one.