Obituaries

377 ABA Journal articles on Obituaries.

Milberg Weiss founder Melvyn Weiss dies at 82

Melvyn Weiss, a founder of securities class-action law firm Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, has died at the age of 82.

Weiss, “a giant of the plaintiffs bar,” had…

Retired ABA Journal editor, a ‘classic Chicago journalist’ with deep ABA knowledge, dies at 67

James Podgers, a retired ABA Journal editor known for his deep knowledge of the American Bar Association and its inner workings, has died at the age of 67.

Podgers died…

Geoffrey Hazard, a ‘true giant in American law,’ dies at 88

Law professor and ethics expert Geoffrey Hazard died Thursday at the age of 88.

Hazard was an expert in civil procedure, judicial administration and legal ethics, according to an…

Bassiouni, former law prof who championed human rights, dies at 79

Updated: M. Cherif Bassiouni, a human rights advocate and former DePaul University law professor, has died at the age of 79.

Bassiouni died Monday at his Chicago home, the

Former ABA president and WWII veteran David Brink dies at 97

Former ABA President David Brink has passed away at 97.

Brink, who during his 1981-1982 tenure championed Human Rights Trial Observer programs and extending the rule of law internationally, was…

F. Leary Davis, founding dean of two law schools, dies at age 75

The only person believed to be the founding dean of two law schools has died at the age of 75.

F. Leary Davis Jr. died Thursday from leukemia and Hodgkin’s…

Former ABA President Alfred P. (A.P.) Carlton dies

Updated: Former ABA President Alfred P. (A.P.) Carlton of Raleigh, North Carolina, died on Thursday at the age of 69.

As ABA president from 2002 to 2003, Carlton worked to…

Former ABA president Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III dies
Former ABA president Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, an “indefatigable champion of the rule of law,” died Tuesday at the age of 72.

Robinson was an active member of the ABA for more than 35 years, according to a statement expressing sympathy by current ABA President Linda A. Klein.

He served as ABA president in 2011-12 and as ABA treasurer in 2005-08. He “will be missed by the entire ABA family and legal community,” Klein said.
Police find no criminality in death of judge on New York’s top court

Police have concluded the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals was a likely suicide.

New York City police closed their investigation and sent the…

Famed defense lawyer Richard ‘Racehorse’ Haynes dies

The storied, colorful, extraordinarily successful Houston criminal defense lawyer Richard “Racehorse” Haynes died early Friday, not long after his 90th birthday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Haynes’ style and demeanor…

Judge on top New York court is found dead in Hudson River
Updated and corrected: Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York Court of Appeals was found dead Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River after her husband had reported her missing.
Civil rights lawyer who worked on Brown v. Board of Education dies at 96

A civil rights lawyer who helped write the briefs in the landmark school desegregation decision Brown v. Board of Education has died at age 96.

William Coleman Jr. died Friday…

Lynne Stewart, defense lawyer once convicted of aiding terrorism, dies
Lynne Stewart, a criminal defense attorney whose clients included an Egyptian cleric convicted of orchestrating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has died. She was 77.

Farewell to a Friend: Janet Reno worked closely with the ABA

Janet Reno’s death in November was felt acutely in the ranks of the American Bar Association. Several ABA leaders described Reno, who worked as U.S. attorney general from 1993 to 2001, as a great friend of the association. In many ways, the feeling was mutual.

Judge Joseph Wapner dies at 97

Judge Joseph Wapner, the California judge who achieved TV fame as the judge on The People’s Court, has died at age 97.

Wapner presided in the television courtroom from 1981…

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