Donald T. Trautman was a specialist in the areas of conflict of laws and accounting and admiralty law. He was a leader in the use of computers in legal education and served as faculty adviser to the school's Education Technology Department, which produces legal interactive video lessons for schools, industry, government and law firms.
Trautman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 6, 1924. He received an A.B. in Economics fromHarvard College in 1946. He received the J.D. in1951 from Harvard Law School, where he was caseeditor of the Harvard Law Review.Heclerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter from 1952 to 1953.
Trautman was appointed Assistant Professor ofLaw at Harvard Law School in 1953, Professor ofLaw in 1956, Charles Stebbins Fairchild professorof law in 1980, and Henry Shattuck professor oflaw in 1981. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1969.
He was coauthor of Materials on Accounting (with Harvard Law School Professor David Herwitz) in 1959 and Law of Multistate Problems (with Harvard Law School ProfessorArthur von Mehren) in 1965.
He passed away on September 18, 1993.