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St. John's Mourns the Passing of Hon. Israel Rubin (1926-2014)

A Message from Dean Michael A. Simons
Saturday, May 24, 2014

I am sad to report that Judge Israel Rubin died last night. He was  87.

Judge Rubin graduated from St. John's University in 1949 and from St. John's Law in 1950. After over twenty years in practice, he joined the bench as an elected Civil Court judge in 1973 and then was elected to the Supreme Court, Bronx County in 1976. He served as Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1982 until 1989, when Governor Mario Cuomo appointed him to the Appellate Division, First Department. He remained at the Appellate Division until he reached mandatory retirement age in 2002. He then joined Greenberg Traurig, where he practiced for the next dozen years.

Judge Rubin received an honorary degree in 1992 and was a dear friend of St. John's Law. He was a beloved teacher of Appellate Advocacy, and a faithful member of our Alumni Association Board of Directors for many years.  Indeed, he attended the Association's annual meeting at the Law School the night before he died. We will miss his charm and good cheer, as well as his deep well of experience and insight.

The funeral will be at noon tomorrow, Sunday, May 25, at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Riverdale, NY, (718) 796-4730.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to Judge Rubin's family through Claire C. McKeever, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and CLE, St. John's University School of Law, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439.

May he rest in peace.