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Contact: Michael Avitzur
Director of Government Relations

Boston Bar Association Mourns the Loss of Anthony Lewis

Upon learning that Anthony Lewis -- the husband of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (Ret.) and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who set the standard for writing about the Supreme Court of the United States and matters of constitutional law -- died of complications from renal failure and heart failure early Monday morning, the Boston Bar Association issued the following statement:

We mourn Tony's loss while celebrating his prodigious contributions to life in a constitutional democracy. His first book, Gideon's Trumpet, the story behind Gideon v. Wainwright, gave life to the concept of a right to legal representation for indigent criminal defendants, and it also inspired generations of us to enter the law. His work on the First Amendment, Make No Law, became a bible for both journalists and First Amendment lawyers.

Despite his brilliance and his success as a New York Times columnist, and his personal friendships with world luminaries, Tony had the common touch, always taking time to ask ordinary people about their well-being. He was a loyal friend of the Boston Bar Association, lending a helping hand on many an occasion, and he will be sorely missed.

We express our deepest sympathies to Tony's wife, Chief Justice Marshall, his children, and his grandchildren.

Tony's funeral/burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be determined.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.