Statement of Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, President, _ Re: Death of Nicholas Katzenbach

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2012 — Nicholas deB. Katzenbach will be remembered as a man who was deeply involved in the critical history-making political issues of the 1960s.  As a prisoner of war, a Rhodes Scholar and a defining force in the civil rights movement, Katzenbach proved he was a man of great intellect and dogged persistence.

Among Katzenbach’s achievements in civil rights was his founding role in establishing the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which honored him with its highest award in 2010.  The legal community remembers Katzenbach as a man committed to equality, dignity and the most basic human rights.  He will be greatly missed.

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