We at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A) are deeply saddened by the passing of Robert MacCrate, a dear friend and champion of Brooklyn A, who passed away on Wednesday, April 6th at the age of 94.

MacCrate’s participation in our Capital Campaign was instrumental. The acquisition of our headquarters, in Williamsburg, named after him and his fellow pillars of the legal profession, Sargent Shiver and Judge Harold R. Tyler, Jr., as the Shriver Tyler MacCrate Center for Justice helped the organization continue to provide services to Brooklyn residents, and NYC-wide while staying true to our mission. We are forever grateful for his dedication and support of our organization.

MacCrate’s support of Brooklyn A is one example of his commitment to the legal profession and public service. He was a long-time partner at Sullivan & Cromwell and a former President of both the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. MacCrate had also dedicated his life to public service including serving as General Counsel to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller from 1959-1962, Special Counsel to the U.S. Department of the Army in the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam from 1969-1970, as well as so many other public interest roles. He is well known for his role in the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Law Schools and Profession for publishing the “MacCrate Report” that set the current course for legal education. He received the American Bar Association Medal, the Association’s highest honor in 2001.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.
He will be deeply missed.

Robert MacCrate Collage

Top left: Brooklyn A 1988 Annual Partnership Awards Benefit honoree Robert MacCrate pictured alongside former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and former U.S. District Court for Eastern District Judge David Trager.

Top right: Robert MacCrate at the naming of the Shriver Tyler MacCrate Center for Justice next to William Josephson (left) and Father Peter A. Mahoney (right) along with Martin Needelman and Judge Harold R. Tyler (far right).

Bottom left: Robert MacCrate alongside Brooklyn A Co-Executive Directors, Paul Acinapura and Martin Needelman.

Bottom right: Robert Macrate alongside long time friend Judge Harold R. Tyler.