Federal Judge Who Once Helped Thurgood Marshall in School Desegregation Fight Dies at 89

Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Pollak died of heart failure on Tuesday following a long illness. He was 89.

Pollak was formerly dean of both Yale and Pennsylvania law schools and was an early pioneer in civil rights cases, report the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. He was still working in his chambers in Philadelphia as late as Friday, the Daily News says.

Pollak and his friend, William Coleman, helped Thurgood Marshall prepare briefs and oral arguments in Brown v. Board of Education. The two men worked on the case in the evenings, while practicing law during the day at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

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