Gary Munneke was an active member of the ABA since 1974. He had just completed a three year term with the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the close of the 2011-2012 bar year. Gary A. Munneke was a Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, in White Plains, New York where he taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Law Practice Management. In addition to his work in the Diversity Center, he was an active member of the ABA House of Delegates after serving as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. Professor Munneke was the author of numerous books and articles about current issues on the legal profession and the practice of law and was a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on topics related to his teachings and writing. A 1973 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he was also a member of the Texas and Pennsylvania bars, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the College of Law Practice Management.
Diversity Center members past and present had much to say in remembrance of Gary Munneke:
- I.S. Leevy Johnson, immediate past chair of the Diversity Center: “Gary made major contributions to our committee.”
- Mark Agrast, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Office of Legislative Affairs: “This is terribly sad news. Gary and I served on the Board of Governors together. He was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed.”
- Rodney Fong, Golden Gate University School of Law: “Being fairly new to the ABA family, Gary was always willing to "fill me in" and did so in a very diplomatic and professional way. I will miss his sagely advice and warm smile.”
- Jared Hautamaki, Environmental Protection Agency Office of Site Remediation Enforcement: “One of the first members I met after being elected by the Law Student Division (LSD) to the House; a true gentleman.”
- Kendyl Hanks: “When I joined the Board of Governors; Gary sought me out and shared stories about his time in Texas at law school with my father. He was a wonderful and generous mentor, and will be missed.”
The ABA Law Student Division tribute to Gary Munneke said it well; “Gary was the man, professor and ABA leader we could always count on - no matter the issue. We have lost a tremendously great friend, academic, and member of the profession.” The full announcement along with a moving photographic tribute to his life is included.