Obituaries

388 ABA Journal articles on Obituaries.

Groundbreaking lawyer who won bus desegregation ruling dies at 104

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a groundbreaking Washington, D.C., lawyer who persuaded the Interstate Commerce Commission to issue a ruling banning racial segregation on buses has died at 104.

Roundtree died Monday…

Frugal Cleary Gottlieb secretary who invested in stocks leaves $8.2M to charities
Longtime Cleary Gottlieb secretary Sylvia Bloom, who died soon after her retirement at age 96, made some smart stock picks during her lifetime.
Would-be judge facing trial for ruling in traffic cases is found dead

A would-be judge who was facing a trial Monday for ruling in three traffic cases has been found dead in her home in suburban Chicago.

Rhonda Crawford, 46, was free…

Prominent gay-rights lawyer sets himself on fire and dies in environmental protest

A prominent gay-rights lawyer died early Saturday in a Brooklyn, New York, park after he set himself on fire to protest pollution from fossil fuels.

David Buckel, 60, was “an…

James Podgers, retired ABA Journal editor, dies at 67
James Podgers, 67, a retired ABA Journal editor, was known for his deep knowledge of the American Bar Association and its inner workings.
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, known as 9th Circuit’s ‘liberal lion,’ dies at 87

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, known as the “liberal lion” of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died.

Reinhardt was 87, report BuzzFeed News, the Los…

Linda Brown, the ‘symbolic center’ of Brown v. Board of Education, dies

A woman who was central to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision died Sunday.

Linda Brown Thompson was “the symbolic center” of the case, the

Constitutional and legal ethics scholar Ronald Rotunda dies at 73
Ronald Rotunda, a legal ethics and constitutional law expert at Chapman University's law school, died last Wednesday from pneumonia at the age of 73.
Civil rights lawyer and former MALDEF president Joaquin Avila dies at 69

Civil rights lawyer Joaquin Avila, known for his voting rights litigation, died on March 9 at the age of 69.

The cause of death was colon and liver cancer, the…

Alternative dispute resolution pioneer Frank E.A. Sander dies at 90

Frank E.A. Sander, a former Harvard law professor and a pioneer in the field of alternative dispute resolution has died at 90, according to an obituary at Harvard Law…

Isidore Starr, known as the father of law-related education, dies at the age of 106
Isidore Starr, an educator and law grad who is known as the father of law-related education, died earlier this month at the age of 106.
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

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