Fordham Law Remembers Professor Abraham Abramovsky

July 24, 2007

To the Fordham Law community,

I am deeply saddened to inform you that Professor Abraham Abramovsky passed away Monday in his home in New York. He was 60 years old.

Professor Abramovsky joined Fordham Law in 1979. He is known to thousands of students and alumni as a tireless advocate for the rights of the accused, a gifted and passionate teacher, and a dedicated mentor.

Professor Abramovsky was best known for his work in teaching, studying, and practicing criminal law. In addition to his work as a scholar, he was an internationally renowned criminal defense attorney and frequently consulted on cases. This rich experience informed his teaching. He often said his goal was to help students think critically about the criminal justice system, by focusing on the way that it is practiced every day in the courts and on the impact it has on the rights of the accused.

Professor Abramovsky also was an expert in Jewish law. He imparted his deep knowledge in this area to hundreds of students through his immensely popular Jewish Law elective course and by advising many students in independent studies.

In the 2000 publication, Millennial Tribute: Honoring the Fordham Law Faculty, Professor Abramovsky credited his father’s influence with his decision to pursue the law. "My father was one of the best-known criminal lawyers in Israel. Even though I lost him when I was eight years old, he is still my hero and really influenced my decision to go into law." The legacy of passionate attorneys continues in the Abramovsky family. Abe’s daughter Aviva is an assistant professor at Syracuse University College of Law. His sons Dov and Abba ("Bucky") both graduated in Fordham Law's class of 2007. Abe’s son Ari is pursuing a master's degree in education. He is also survived by Dr. Orly Calderon.

Born in Israel, Professor Abramovsky received his B.A. from Queens College, his J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia Law. A noted scholar, his work on depraved indifference homicide recently was cited by the New York Court of Appeals, and he was the longtime author of a column in the New York Law Journal.

Services are planned for Wednesday, July 25, at Riverside Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, at 12 noon. The family will be sitting Shivah at Abe and Orly’s home on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, July 29-31, at 2600 Netherland Ave, Apt 1825, in Riverdale, (718) 796-8616.

We invite you to share your stories and memories of Professor Abramovsky with us via e-mail. We will collect the stories and present them to his family.

Abe Abramovsky was a dear friend, colleague, and mentor. We will miss him greatly.

William Michael Treanor

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