Pollak, a member of the ABA since 1982, was a former chair of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, where he led the association’s first endeavor to involve law firms in pro bono service.
Pollak will also be remembered for his contributions to two of the country’s most prestigious law schools. He was a professor and dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, then Yale Law School. At both institutions, he championed efforts to increase the population of minority students and is credited with creating an environment in which those students could flourish.
Pollak died May 8 at his home in Philadelphia.
Pollak’s devotion and contribution to the legal community will be missed.
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