Michael Rothenberg, Clark Street resident, lawyer, and advocate for social justice, died yesterday.
New York Law Journal: Michael Rothenberg, 47, the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, died on Feb. 23. Mr. Rothenberg was suffering from depression and took his own life. His body was found on the fourth-floor terrace of a 33-story building at 100 Jay St. in Brooklyn and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the New York City Police Department.
The Law Journal article quotes NYPLI chairwoman Shelley Dropkin:
“He was an inspirational leader, a colleague, a mentor, to so many on his staff who have gone on to do great things,” she said. “He was a spectacular manager. He was wise and kind and good and I am dealing with a board that is just so heartbroken because they personally admired him so much.”
Among his many professional accomplishments, he served on the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, which sought to improve delivery of service in civil matters to people who could not afford it. In an interview with the Law Journal’s Daniel Wise published last September, he told how his interest in this matter began with his parents’ struggle, despite being well-educated and relatively affluent, to provide for his developmentally disabled brother.
He is survived by his wife Zerline Goodman, their children, Brice, Garon and Zaya Rothenberg, his mother Eleanor and his brothers David and Seth. His funeral was held on Sunday at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, with the family’s rabbi officiating. He was interred yesterday at Vassar Temple Cemetery, LaGrange Avenue Extension, Poughkeepsie.
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