Thursday, January 24, 2013

In Memoriam: Gary Munneke

I just learned of the passing of Gary Munneke. Gary was a pioneer in bringing the practicalities of law office management to legal education.  He and I overlapped in our student days at the University of Texas Law School and usually chatted for a moment when we saw each other at the AALS January meeting. I recalled not running into him earlier this month in New Orleans. When you read his works you quickly realize that he deeply cared about students.

Here is the memorial in the most recent edition of the  ABA's Syllabus:

Gary Munneke, professor at Pace University School of Law, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. A enthusiastic member and tireless leader of the American Bar Association, Gary was actively involved in the work of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, serving most recently as chair of the Finance Committee. He served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and was recently a Section Office Council (SOC) liaison to the Board. Gary also devoted much time and energy to the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section including a term as Section chair. In 2011, Gary received that Section’s highest award, the Sam Smith Award, in recognition of his many contributions to its work.

A native of Texas, Gary earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Texas. Prior to joining Pace Law School, he worked at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He was a prolific writer, well-known for his books on law practice management and non-legal careers for lawyers. Gary was also well-known for his zest for life, infectious laugh, and generous support of his students and colleagues.

In a resolution adopted at its November 30 meeting, the Council of the Section expressed its condolences on behalf of the Section to Gary’s wife, Sharon Walla, to his children and grandchildren and to the extended family. “We appreciated Gary as a person and as a professional. We very much regret his passing. We will miss him.”


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