David M. Rosenblum
David M. Rosenblum ()

David M. Rosenblum, a civil rights attorney and a leader in the gay rights movement in Philadelphia, died suddenly May 2 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 47.

Rosenblum was the legal director of the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia since 2011. The Mazzoni Center is a nonprofit organization that serves members of the LGBT community, representing them in matters ranging from employment rights to estate planning.

He also served as an adjunct professor for Temple University’s Beasley School of Law’s clinical program in sexual orientation and gender identity law, according to a release.

Rosenblum previously worked for the state of New Jersey for 11 years, as deputy attorney general in the Employment Counseling Unit and as the equal employment opportunity officer in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

He was later a trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for eight years, a release said.

Rosenblum, who fought for gay rights at both the local and national levels, was chair of GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) from 1995-98 and served on its board from 1994-2002. He was also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

He served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s delivery of legal services committee, the public interest section, the LGBT committee, the diversity committee, the civil rights committee, and the minorities in the profession committee.

Rosenblum was involved in music and musical theater since high school. In 1999, he joined The Savoy Company, America’s oldest Gilbert and Sullivan society, and was in the cast for eight shows between 1999 and 2007, a release said. He served on Savoy’s board of directors from 2002 to 2005.

He was also a founding member of the Public Interest Law Society at Villanova University School of Law.

Rosenblum is survived by his husband, Stephan Stoeckl; parents, Ruth and Howard; brother, Darren and sister-in-law, Dana; sister, Dawn and brother-in-law, Pierre Pavot; nieces, Rachael, Rebecca and Lauren; and nephews, Kyle and Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mazzoni Center’s Legal Services Department. •