Saturday, January 23, 2010
Jack Litman, a former and long-time member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) board of directors and a past president of the NYSACDL passed away Saturday. Ted Simon, Secretary of NACDL and dear friend of Jack, described him as "an incomparable lawyer, father, and friend." As a member of the law firm of Litman, Asche & Gioiella, LLP, he handled major felony cases in New York, like the defense of Robert E. Chambers Jr. He also represented individuals charged with white collar related crimes. Past NACDL President Barry Scheck, described him as a man with a
"first rate intellect, a love of art, history, and all things Fench. But perhaps most impressive of all, sometimes with gestures of kindness and loyalty unknown to many, he delivered when it counted for his friends, his clients, and the cause of liberty. Jack never buckled trying one of the most notorious murder cases in the history of New York City."
Jack was special to so many. For me he was the extraordinary lawyer with whom I could discuss arcane legal issues, talk about the art museum in Vegas or just talk about life. He was a crucial part of my NACDL family. He was one of the nicest most caring individuals one could come across in life. He will be missed, and my tears are for him. He was one of a kind.
(esp) With a special thank you to his dear friend, Ted Simon, for the photographs. See also Anemona Hartocollis, NYTimes, Jack T. Litman, Lawyer for ‘Preppy Killer’ and Others, Is Dead at 66; Talkleft here; Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky reminded me of the Ethics in America, Vol. 2: To Defend a Killer program that includes Jack Litman, Justice Scalia and others as panelists.