July 23, 2019: State Bar Association Mourns Passing of Legendary District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the passing of Robert M. Morgenthau, the legendary former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Manhattan’s longest-tenured district attorney, who retired at the end of 2009 after more than four decades of public service.

“New York has lost a legal giant. Robert M. Morgenthau was the people’s lawyer,” said Greenberg. “He devoted a lifetime engaged in the highest calling afforded by the legal profession—serving and protecting the public. His career exemplifies the promise and potential of public service. On behalf of the State Bar, I extend sincere sympathies to his family and friends.”  

Morgenthau received the Gold Medal Award, NYSBA’s highest honor, in 2011 for his decades of extraordinary service to the people of New York. Morgenthau was previously honored by NYSBA with the Excellence in Public Service Award and the Outstanding Prosecutor Award.

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