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A year ago, many of us gathered in Vanderbilt University Law School's Flynn Auditorium to attend a "Celebration of the Life of Professor Richard Nagareda." Frankly, I didn't feel like celebrating, a sentiment I suspect others shared. Richard-scholar, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, father, husband-had left this earth before any of us were ready to part with him. And yet, as the speakers shared their memories of Richard, the intense grief I had felt since learning of Richard's untimely death began to dissipate. There was then, and there remains now, so much to celebrate about his life. For in his forty-seven years, Richard so greatly touched the lives of those of us who were fortunate to spend time with him that he forever will be with us. This issue of the Vanderbilt Law Review honors Richard-our scholar, our teacher, our friend. In it appear tributes from a group of distinctive scholars who, in many ways, knew him best: Maria Glover, who was a prize student of Richard's and will soon be a prize scholar in the field of civil litigation; John Goldberg, Richard's long-time colleague and friend; Chris Guthrie, Dean of the Law School and another colleague and friend; Sam Issacharoff, Richard's mentor in the legal academy or "Sith Lord,"1 as Richard affectionately called him; and Suzanna Sherry, who not only was a colleague and friend but who also ensured that Richard's dedication to his students carried forward in his absence. Each of these scholars delivered deeply touching tributes to Richard when we met last year to celebrate his life. Here, they build upon them. In particular, each will begin with a selection from the ever-quotable Nagareda. Those selections will serve as a starting point for discussing how Richard enriched our lives as well as the law.