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    09.16.15 Leonard Silverman ’54, Former Court of Claims Judge and NYS Assemblyman, Dies at 84
    Brooklyn Law School - Leonard Silverman '54

    Leonard Silverman, Class of 1954, a former Court of Claims judge who served five terms in the New York State Assembly and who was known for finding common ground both in Albany and on the bench, died on Sept. 7 of natural causes.

    From 1969 through 1977, Silverman represented the 48th District in the state Assembly, serving as chairman of the Standing Committee on Insurance, which greenlighted legislation to protect patients' rights to sue, toughened discipline for negligent doctors and lowered coverage costs for medical insurance. His service in the Assembly overlapped with that of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, D-New York, who said that Silverman “was the best of the old school."

    “Leonard Silverman represented the best of Brooklyn Law School,” said Dean Nicholas W. Allard. He also created a strong and enduring family legacy, with two of his sons having graduated from the Law School: Adam, a member of the Class of 2001, and Joshua, a member of the Class of 2000. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

    In 1977, Silverman was appointed to the Court of Claims by Gov. Hugh Carey, where he served until 2000 and subsequently accepted a position as a judicial hearing officer for the Brooklyn Supreme Court. He fully retired in 2004.  According to his son Adam, his father “looked the part of a judge: he appeared stern and was physically imposing, but was evenhanded in the cases over which he presided and displayed flourishes of wit and dry humor. He really wanted people to have a meeting of the minds.”

    Frank Aquila ‘83, vice chairman of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees and partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, who worked for Silverman's campaigns as a teenager and college student, said Silverman had a reputation as a "quintessential politician" who could bring people together—he could connect with a diverse array of his constituents in Borough Park and, in Albany he could work with Republicans and with different factions of his own party. “Not something you find a lot in today's body politic." Aquila also noted that Silverman was a key influence in his decision to become an attorney.

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