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From the Young Lawyers Division to the Senior Lawyers Division

From the Young Lawyers Division to the Senior Lawyers Division

By John Glynn

After decades of commitment to the American Bar Association, Seth Rosner has been elected chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division. But focusing on professional pursuits would only tell part of his story.

Rosner and his life mate, Judith Ehrenshaft, attend a Dickensian Christmas party at Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.



 

Rosner, a Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based practitioner specializing in business law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, was admitted to practice in 1955, the same year he received his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He began his service to the ABA in 1964 as a delegate from the New York City Bar to the Young Lawyers Division. He went on to represent seven different constituencies in the House of Delegates, among many other ABA involvements.

Rosner, 83, has served a cumulative 45 years on ethics and professionalism committees of the ABA as well as other lawyer groups.

“While many academics, judges and practitioners have distinguished themselves in the field of legal ethics, only a handful can truly claim to have contributed meaningfully to the overarching concepts of professionalism. Mr. Rosner is a leader of this very elite group,” ethics lawyer Diane Karpman of Beverly Hills, Calif., said when Rosner won the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award in 2009 from the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

In nominating Rosner for the Franck award, the late legal ethics expert Steven C. Krane wrote: “Seth has worked in the professionalism vineyards as a volunteer. His service in this area over a period of more than four decades may be unparalleled.”

Another Center for Professional Responsibility award, the Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award, was created and is funded by Seth Rosner in memory of his father and brother.

Rosner earned his LLM degree in comparative law from the New York University School of Law, where he was an adjunct faculty member for 29 years.

He is a founding trustee, past chairman and now chairman emeritus of the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, which has conducted programs for more than 100,000 public officials, school administrators, military and police officers, journalists, corporate and nonprofit executives, and judges and lawyers.

Building on his experience racing sports cars as young man in California and France, Rosner serves as a trustee and officer of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. He has also served on the boards of Jewish Home Lifecare, Wesleyan University (his undergraduate alma mater) and the Leica Historical Society of America

Earlier in his life, Rosner worked on a ranch in Idaho, won squash racquets championships in New York City and won table tennis tournaments aboard trans-Atlantic ocean liners. During his three and half years of active duty in the Navy, Rosner was legal officer and an officer-of-the-deck on the USS Intrepid in the Atlantic. He writes verse and his photographs have appeared in national magazines and a book. Rosner presently sings bass in the Racing City Chorus, the men’s barbershop singers of Saratoga Springs.

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