Rothenberg, Executive Director of NYLPI, Dies at 47

New York Law Journal


Michael Rothenberg, the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest who oversaw a decade of growth at the organization, died on Feb. 23. Funeral services will be held on Sunday.

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What's being said

  • Mark Weliky

    Our heart goes out to the Rothenberg family. Michael was an inspiration to many of us who strive to make a difference. He showed us all how a lawyer could do more than just worry about billable hours. We can only hope to live up to his example of service to the community. The staff at the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project.

  • Rahul Sharma

    Michael spoke at NYU when I was a 1L on a panel about public interest law. He was by far the most eloquent and charismatic person in the room — afterwards I asked him if I could be an intern at NYLPI, and he said yes (not knowing, perhaps, that he was doing me a huge favor, since I was too green to be at all useful as an intern). I can’t begin to say how much Michael inspired me, and what a terrific guy he was. This is just an awful, awful loss.

  • Diego S.

    This is terribly sad for Mr. Rothenberg's family, friends and colleagues. I hope that his death will focus attention on the issue of depression and other mental health issues that plague those in our profession. Working in the public interest is incredibly challenging, due to lack of resources, challenging clients and the fact that "thank you's" are few and far between. We often forget to acknowledge those who sacrifice so much to make our society better. Mr. Rothenberg no doubt carried such a heavy burden. We need to pay more attention to the emotional cost of serving the public and remember to treat eachother with kindness, understanding and provide encouragement to those in need. My thought and prayers are with his family.

  • Alex Berger

    This is a tragic loss for Michael's family and the New York City community. He will be sorely missed, and remembered fondly. It is fitting that he is pictured above with the warm, engaging smile that made him always a pleasure to be around.

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