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Former NYU Law Dean Norman Redlich Dies

Posted Jun 13, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Former New York University law dean Norman Redlich has died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 85.

The New York Times obituary describes Redlich as “a quiet luminary of the New York legal community who pioneered the pro bono defense of indigent death row inmates.” Redlich was a law professor in the 1960s when he began representing inmates facing the death penalty. Later he hired well-known capital defense lawyer Anthony Amsterdam to lead the school’s advocacy program in 1981.

Redlich was dean of the law school from 1975 through 1988, according to NYU law school’s website. He also was a staff member of the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of President Kennedy.

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