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Law Student Dies After Fall at Exclusive Chicago Club


A unique and extraordinary first-year law student with a promising future has died after somehow falling down the stairs at an exclusive Chicago club he was visiting with his father during the holiday break.

Eric Fatla died yesterday from the severe injuries he sustained in the Christmas Eve fall at the Union League Club, writes Jonathan Turley. The law professor taught Fatla’s torts class and legal theory class at George Washington University.

Fatla, who was 24, lived life to the fullest after nearly dying of a brain hemorrhage as a high school student, Turley writes, and “had already accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime.

“He had gone to China on a research project, gone to Honduras as an election monitor, and worked in Congress as a staffer. He was currently with a lobbying and law firm while attending class in the evenings. He told his Dad about his ‘five-year-plan,’ which included finding a wife and having children.”

Additional coverage:

Chicago Sun-Times: “Law student falls to his death Christmas Eve at Union League Club”

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