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467 ABA Journal Obituaries articles.

Al Meyerhoff: Labor Lawyer Who Fought Sweatshops Dies at 61

Al Meyerhoff, a labor lawyer who lead a landmark class-action lawsuit against American clothiers operating sweatshops on the island of Saipan has died of complications from cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical…

Death Penalty Expert Michael Mello Dies

Vermont Law School Professor Michael Mello, a well-known national expert on the death penalty, died at his home over the weekend after a short illness. He was 51.

“He was…

RIP: Gerald Margolis, Counsel to Rolling Stones, Robin Williams

Entertainment lawyer and avid surfer Gerald A. Margolis, whose high-profile clients included the Rolling Stones, R. Kelly and Robin Williams, died Sept. 15 at age 65.

Margolis was diagnosed six…

Oldest Patent Lawyer Dies at the Age of 107

A retiree dubbed “the oldest patent attorney in the United States” by National Public Radio has died at the age of 107.

Yardley Chittick, a graduate of George Washington University…

RIP: Janet Mary Riley, Crusading Women’s Rights Lawyer

A longtime Loyola University New Orleans School of Law professor who is credited with making Louisiana women equal partners in their marriages died Saturday. Janet Mary Riley was 92.

A…

45 Years After Medgar Evers’ Murder, His Work Continues

Every year, on June 12, Robert Stepney thinks about Medgar Evers, a college roommate who was like a brother to him.

Shot on that day in Jackson, Miss., in 1963,…

Last Brown v. Board of Ed Plaintiff, Zelma Henderson, Dies

Zelma Henderson, the sole surviving plaintiff in the landmark desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday. She was 88.

In a news obituary…

RIP: Recanter Who ‘Opened the Floodgates’ to DNA Exonerations

A woman who falsely accused an Illinois man of rape and later recanted after the man spent eight years in jail died of breast cancer May 15 in New Hampshire.…

Nuclear Proliferation Foe Joseph Egan Dies

Nuclear engineer-turned-lawyer Joseph R. Egan, the man who led Nevada’s legal campaign to block a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, died of gastroesophageal cancer May 7. He was 53.

Lawyer Who Fought Nuclear Waste Had Unusual Last Request

A lawyer who died at the age of 53 after a campaign to ban a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain had an unusual request in the obituary he wrote…

Robert Vesco, Famed Fugitive, May Have Died in Cuba

A famous fugitive for decades after the publicity surrounding the Watergate scandal helped make him a household name, Robert Vesco reportedly may be dead at age 71 or 72. But…

Eugene Pincham: ‘Giant’ of Chicago Legal Community Dies

Chicago-area legal legend R. Eugene Pincham, who served as a state appellate judge but proved too confrontational for political office, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 82.

Chief…

Obit Blames Lawyer’s Death on Stress of Law Firm Job

An obituary apparently written by a lawyer’s widow blames his stressful law firm job for his heart attack.

“Robert Bruce Evanick (always known as Bruce to those who loved him—and…

Paul Boland: Judge, Mentor, Law Prof

Paul Boland, a California appellate judge also known as a mentor to many and a pioneer of law school clinical education, has died. He was 65.

An associate justice of…