The Albany Law School community is deeply saddened by the loss of Distinguished Professor Emeritus David D. Siegel, a beloved member of the Albany Law School faculty for more than four decades and a titan in the field of New York Practice. “Professor Siegel’s work since the 1970’s had a huge impact on New York law, as well as on the law school’s reputation,” said Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews. “We will dearly miss him.”
“We will remember him with fondness and as a wonderful friend and colleague whose impact was pervasive and deep. His incredible imprint still informs the work we do at the Law School.”
David Siegel, Author of New York Practice, Dies at 82
By Tania Karas, New York Law Journal, October 10, 2014
David Siegel, a longtime Albany Law School professor who was considered the state’s foremost authority on New York civil practice, died Thursday at home in North Egremont, Mass., after years of declining health. He was 82.
Siegel was best known as the author of “New York Practice,” a treatise on civil procedure known to every lawyer who practices in New York. Originally published in 1978, the book is now in its fifth edition. For 37 years, Siegel wrote and edited the New York State Bar Association’s New York State Law Digest, which reports on notable Court of Appeals opinions, and authored numerous commentaries on civil and federal practice.
Beginning in 1993 he published “Siegel’s Practice Review,” a four-page monthly newsletter that summarized developments in New York civil practice. Its last issue ran in March 2014.
Siegel was also one of the longest-standing members and former chairman of the Unified Court System’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice, which recommends changes to civil procedure for adoption by the state Legislature. Continue reading