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Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Remembers NACDL Past President Murray J. Janus
By Ivan J. Dominguez
Murray J. Janus, a Richmond, Va., attorney and past president (1981-82) and Life Member of NACDL, passed away on Jan. 26, 2013. Janus was also a former president of the Richmond Bar Association and the Richmond Criminal Bar Association, as well as a past chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Criminal Law Section. NACDL remembers Murray with immense gratitude for his leadership of the nation’s criminal defense bar and his lifelong commitment to the principles and values that define NACDL.
NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin, also from Richmond, said: “Murray Janus was the epitome of a criminal defense lawyer and the model of a dignified professional for me and all who knew him. He taught us by his example the importance of intellect, hard work, and knowledge in the representation of our clients. He made us better lawyers. He was a great and caring friend. His mentorship and strength guided us through the challenge of practicing the most difficult work in the law. He will be missed
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