The NCBA mourns the loss of long-time NCBA Member Hon. Jack B. Weinstein, a retired United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Judge Weinstein was born in Wichita, Kansas and educated in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College (1943) and law degree from Colombia University (1948). In addition, he served in the United States Navy, where, as a Senior Lieutenant, he served in the North Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.
After serving as County Attorney of Nassau, Judge Weinstein was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson, on the recommendation of Senator Robert Kennedy. He was the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of New York from 1980 to 1988, and assumed senior status in 1993.
“Judge Weinstein was a hero in his youth and a hero on the bench. His life of service to this country will be missed but not forgotten,” said NCBA President Gregory S. Lisi.
Judge Weinstein had been active on the issue of access to justice for low and moderate-income persons for a very long time. As a Nassau County attorney in the 1960s, he led the movement to establish Nassau Legal Services, one of the first community legal services in the nation.
“His work still resonates today as the Nassau County Bar Association has successfully partnered with Nassau/Suffolk Law Services on the Volunteers Lawyers Project,” said Director of Pro Bono and Public Interest at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Thomas Maligno, a former Executive Director of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services.