Obituaries

454 ABA Journal Obituaries articles.

Stanford law prof remembered as leading legal ethics scholar and advocate for access to justice
Deborah L. Rhode, a leading legal ethics scholar and strong advocate for enhanced access to justice, died last week.
Harvard 2L is remembered with acts of kindness by more than a thousand people
More than a thousand people have recorded their acts of kindness to honor a second-year Harvard Law School student who lost his battle with depression on New Year’s Eve.
Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS will consider cheerleader’s First Amendment case; former AG dies at 88

Supreme Court asked to weigh in on student’s discipline over social media

At its first private conference after the holiday break, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week whether…

Afternoon Briefs: New ACLU lawyer gets arrested; top Chicago lawyer resigns after video uproar

New ACLU lawyer is accused of firing gun at ex-wife’s car

A newly hired lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah was arrested for allegedly firing a gun…

Former Washington state bar leader remembered as a champion for legal innovation
Paula Littlewood, a champion for legal industry innovation who led the Washington State Bar Association for more than a decade, died of cancer Monday.
ABA Board of Governors member who died suddenly was a good lawyer but ‘a better person,’ friends say
Kevin Curtin, senior appellate counsel in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and the District 2 representative to the ABA Board of Governors, died suddenly Thursday.
Afternoon Briefs: Suits accuse Facebook of ‘buy or bury’ approach; House bill makes PACER records free

State and FTC lawsuits accuse Facebook of stifling competition

Facebook is accused of stifling competition in two lawsuits filed Wednesday. One suit was filed by the Federal Trade Commission, and…

The country’s oldest sitting federal judge, described as ‘deeply compassionate,’ dies at 99
The country’s oldest sitting federal judge, Thomas Reavley of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Louisiana, has died at age 99.
Friends remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her longtime association with the ABA

Over the years, Ginsburg received various ABA honors, including the Margaret Brent Award in 1993. In June of that year, President Bill Clinton announced her nomination to the Supreme Court. The nomination hearings were in July, and the Brent Award ceremony, which she attended, was in August. The same month, she took her seat on the Supreme Court.

University of Chicago Law School celebrates Earl Dickerson’s legacy as a civil rights lawyer and activist

Earl B. Dickerson’s name may not be well known to the public, but the civil rights lawyer lived a larger-than-life existence. Now, scholars, relatives and activists are marking the 100th anniversary of his 1920 graduation from the University of Chicago Law School in celebration of his becoming the first African American to receive a juris doctor.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump faces suit over rape denial; Biden opposes SCOTUS term limits

Trump can be personally sued over rape denial

A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday refused to substitute the federal government as the defendant in a defamation suit filed against…

Afternoon Briefs: Purdue Pharma will plead guilty; lawyers can’t find parents of 545 immigrant children

Purdue Pharma agrees to plead guilty over opioid marketing

Purdue Pharma has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges for misleading doctors, patients and the government about OxyContin and for…

Afternoon Briefs: Secretaries get extra bonuses at this law firm; AG Barr warns of liberal DAs

Secretaries at this law firm get extra bonuses; associates left out

Goodwin Procter will pay an extra $1,000 to all secretaries to recognize “hard work during these challenging times,” according…

Teaching was one of Ginsburg’s many strengths, say former students and clerks

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the federal bench, she argued and won several landmark gender discrimination cases before the U.S. Supreme Court—in spite of the justices all being men who sometimes made flippant remarks about gender during her oral arguments.

Afternoon Briefs: Texas attorney general’s aides seek probe of possible wrongdoing; legal industry gains jobs

7 aides to Texas attorney general seek probe for potential crimes

Seven aides to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked law enforcement to investigate whether Paxton violated bans on…

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