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In this 2006 file photo, attorney David S. Buckel makes arguments in favor of gay marriage during oral arguments seeking marriage for same sex couples at the New Jersey Supreme Court in Trenton, N.J. Photo: AP /Jose F. Moreno, Pool

While David Buckel, an attorney who died on April 14 after setting himself on fire in a park in Brooklyn, had become widely known for his work on LGBT causes, he spent the final years of his life out of the legal limelight and focused his energy on environmental protection.

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Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at adenney@alm.com. Twitter: @messagetime

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