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One year after the death of Morris Pashman, admirers of the former associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court are carrying out his wish to provide scholarships to law students. Pashman’s compassion and his love for the law have prompted a strong response to a word-of-mouth fund-raiser, with $100,000 raised so far, says Stuart Deutsch, dean of Rutgers Law School-Newark. And the family of Hackettstown, N.J., attorney, Elinor Mulligan, who knew Pashman well, has agreed to make a dollar-for-dollar match of funds raised for the scholarships by today, Deutsch says. A group that includes former law clerks for Pashman and attorneys who appeared before him are hoping to endow three full-tuition law scholarships at Rutgers-Newark, says Deutsch. Pashman, who served on the state supreme court from 1972 to 1982, worked on establishing a scholarship fund at Rutgers when he left the bench. After his death on Oct. 3, 1999, friends decided to continue his work, Deutsch says. “We want to inspire others to emulate his wonderful attributes,” says Mulligan, who, as a nervous young attorney, appeared before Pashman in her very first case in the early 1960s when he was Bergen County’s assignment judge. “He was an outstanding person, a man so full of charm as well as these beautiful intellectual gifts. Those two sets of talents do not often come in the same package. This man combined them both,” Mulligan says. “I have the means, and I can’t take it with me, and it’s gratifying to contribute to an endowment fund which will ideally keep the image of this magnificent person before everybody,” she says. The Pashman scholarship committee hosted a $150-a-person cocktail reception Thursday at the law school. “Justice Pashman wouldn’t have wanted a formal dinner, he wouldn’t want a memorial service, but he would love a little party,” says David Condliffe, development director for the law school. Thanks in part to the Pashman scholarship gifts, the law school has surpassed its goal of raising $10 million in contributions, which was set when the state legislature funded its new, modern facility, Deutsch says. That includes recent contributions of $2 million donated by Alan Lowenstein of Roseland’s Lowenstein Sandler and $1 million donated by the family of the late Hoboken, N.J., attorney Nathaniel Baker. Born in Passaic, N.J., Pashman graduated from New Jersey Law School, the predecessor of Rutgers-Newark, in 1935. His older brother worked to put him through law school, says Pashman’s son, Louis, an attorney and partner at the Hackensack, N.J., firm of Pashman Stein. Pashman later held posts as police judge, municipal court magistrate and mayor in Passaic before his appointment as Passaic County court judge in 1959. Pashman also sat on the bench in Bergen and Hudson counties before his appointment to the supreme court in 1973. After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70, he joined his son’s firm as counsel. Pashman never encouraged his son to enter the practice of law but had a more subtle influence. “Now that I’m old enough that I’ve been practicing a fair amount of time myself, I tend to be fairly conscientious and concerned about the ethics of the profession, and I think I got that from him,” Louis Pashman says. Many of the contributions to the fund have come with written remembrances of Pashman enclosed, says Condliffe. The school has engaged a writing teacher who will assemble the written anecdotes along with oral histories of Pashman to create a lasting portrait, Condliffe says. “The recipient will recognize that not only is the scholarship one of enormous generosity,” Condliffe says, “but more importantly, a scholarship which imposes on the recipient an obligation to learn about the qualities of Justice Pashman, to integrate them into their own character and practice of law and find a way to generously pass them on to the next generation.”

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