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Brooklyn Bar Association remembers Judge Arthur Schack

May 3, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Judge Arthur Schack. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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The Brooklyn Bar Association’s annual Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing has been a fun affair over the past few years; association members have the chance to remember the late Judge Jones and to play a round of golf on his favorite course at the Colonia Country Club in New Jersey. However, this year’s affair became somber, as golfers found out about the passing of Judge Arthur Schack, who died Monday.

“Many people know him as a judge, but most of us know him as just Artie, because he was that guy,” said Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) President Arthur Aidala. “He loved and cherished his family and friends. Sometimes he was a little controversial when he was on the bench and in life, but those of us who knew him really admired him and loved him. He will be missed and have a legacy that will live on.”

Rather than discuss how bad their putting was that day, many BBA members spent the latter part of the event sharing stories about Judge Schack. A moment of silence was also held in his memory.

“Artie Schack was one of the finest judges ever to sit on the bench in Brooklyn,” said Hon. Lawrence Knipel, administrative judge of Brooklyn’s Supreme Court, Civil Term. “He was brilliant, insightful and he was one of the hardest working people that we’ve ever had. He would work nights; he would come in on weekends. He loved the law and the bench and his colleagues loved him. I’m brokenhearted at his passing. I really am. He was a friend and a really good guy.”

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Judge Schack began his judicial career in 1999 when he was elected to the Kings County Criminal Court. He has been a member of the BBA since 1998.

“He was a friend for over 20 years,” said Hon. Frank Seddio. “Arthur was a real solid judge, a man who understood the law, and he practiced with such a great style. The attorneys liked him; the plaintiffs and defendants both saw him with great respect, because he gave good advice with his decisions. It’s a great loss to the judiciary in Brooklyn and I’m hoping that with the illnesses that he’s had, that he’s resting in peace. He’s a great man and a real mensch.”

Attorney Michael Treybich, who is a family friend of the Schacks going back 20 years, recalled the judge’s passion for baseball. He served as counsel to the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1982 to 2002.

“They gave him what he called his retirement account — fully signed sets of Upper Deck baseball cards,” said Treybish, who had Judge Schack perform the ceremony at his wedding. “Every player for the whole year and he had several sets. It makes me really sad that he’s not going to get to enjoy retirement.”


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