“Thirty-nine years ago, on May 19, 1978, the Hon. Leonard B. Sand was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Sand served on that court until a few years before his death in December 2016, and he presided over a wide range of cases—including a housing and school desegregation suit in Yonkers that lasted nearly as long as his tenure on the bench. At the time of his passing, Judge Sand’s personal courage and commitment to justice were widely noted and universally admired.”

So opens a beautiful tribute statement by 65 of Judge Sand’s former law clerks, each of whom made personal donations to New York Appleseed in honor of his life and work.  Read the entire statement here.  We at New York Appleseed are always conscious of the many great individuals who, by standing for justice and fairness at critical moments in history, made our work possible today.  New York Appleseed is deeply honored to be chosen for this extraordinary tribute.

Read Judge Sand’s obituary in the Times.

Read a reflection by civil rights attorney Michael Sussman.

Former Clerks Pay Tribute to Judge Leonard Sand