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Statement of ABA President James R. Silkenat on the death of former ABA President Lawrence E. Walsh


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Statement of ABA President James R. Silkenat on the death of former ABA President Lawrence E. Walsh

By Emily Ortman

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 — The American Bar Association mourns the loss of Lawrence E. Walsh, a longtime ABA member who served as the association’s president from 1975 to 1976.

The ABA will remember Walsh for his perseverance in his efforts to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing throughout his career and his longtime commitment to the association.

Walsh, who died Wednesday at age 102, served as deputy assistant district attorney of New York County, counsel to the governor of New York, federal judge for the Southern District of New York and deputy attorney general of the Justice Department in the Eisenhower administration. He was best known publicly for his role as chief prosecutor in the criminal investigation of the Iran-contra affair, undertaking the formidable responsibility at age 74.

On the occasion of Walsh’s 100th birthday on Jan. 8, 2012, former ABA President William T. (Bill) Robinson III interviewed Walsh about his legal career. Asked about the title of his autobiography, “The Gift of Insecurity,” Walsh said: “Insecurity was a hallmark of my early life. … As a result, I greatly valued the professional opportunities that I was able to obtain.”

Over the course of his distinguished career, Walsh spent the majority of his time in private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and earned a reputation as a highly successful Wall Street lawyer. After retiring from Davis Polk, he moved to Oklahoma City, where he joined Crowe & Dunlevy.

The ABA extends its condolences to his family and friends.

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