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 Chester L “Chet” Mirsky

Chester L “Chet” Mirsky

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Death 9 Mar 2006 (aged 62)
Burial New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 101366848 · View Source
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Chester L. Mirsky died on MArch 8 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie after nine years of courageous struggle with cancer. He was 62. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Kapilow-Mirsky; his three children from previous marriages, Rebecca Mirsky of Brooklyn and Daniel Mirsky and Johnathan Mirsky of Colorado; as well as a first cousin, Esther Simon of Boca Raton, Florida.
The son of the late Ann and Aaron Mirsky, Chet grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, graduated from Emory University in 1965 and with a JD degree from New York Law School in 1968. His first professional work was with the legal services branch of Mobilization for Youth on New York City's Lower East Side. Soon after, he began teaching at New York University School of Law and supervising students in the new Criminal Law Clinic as they represented poor people in cases ranging from murder to draft resistance. He continued this work as later director of the law school's federal Defender Clinic until his retirement in 2002.
In collaboration with two colleagues, he authored a basic text, "Federal Criminal Practice" (1993), still in use today. Beginning in 1984, he engaged in two decades of close research and writing collaboration with Michael McConville, chair of the University of Warwick School of Law (England) and present director of the Law School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The two produced a stream of well-received academic publications on themes of historical and contemporary legal defense for the poor, especially their recent book, "Jury Trials and Plea Bargaining: A True History" (2005). Now in translation, this book is already positively impacting the movement to bring fair jury trials to China. The two also wrote an influential book-length article, "Criminal Defense of the Poor in New York City", in 1988. As well, Chet wrote numerous articles for legal journals and the popular press about these and other issues of civil rights and civil liberties. He was frequently interviewed for and cited in New York City media coverage on these matters.
He moved from the City to New Paltz in the late 1960's and, after retiring, to nearby Kerhonkson. From the beginning of his upstate residency, he was very active in local Democratic Party organizing, as well as in advocating for serious land-use planning and against major development projects that threatened the beauty and environmental integrity of the area. In the later realm, he bought his political organizing and legal skills to oppose part of the first wave of uptown New Paltz retail expansion in the early 1970's, the Marriott Minnewaska resort proposal, the local Wal-Mart mega-mall proposals of the 1990's and various other potentially damaging projects throughout the mid-Hudson area. His keen insight and passion in such efforts were reflected in the book he co-authored with David Porter, "Megamall on the Hudson: Planning, Wal-Mart and Grassroots Resistance" (2003).
Always generous with his time, impressive energy and legal expertise, he was a pro bono attorney, organizer and/or consultant for the Association for Intelligent Rural Management (AFFIRM), Save Our Community (SOC), Save the Woods and Wetlands and numerous other grassroots citizen groups. He loved the natural environment of the mid-Hudson area and was generously devoted to the community protecting it as he was to social justice for the poor. Most recently, he was a major legal consultant to the Town of New Paltz in developing its new wetlands ordinance.
Chet had a wide network of friends in the region based on his environmental and other political activities, his role as an active parent in his children's school and outside involvements and his past leadership in the Jewish congregation of New Paltz. (New Paltz Times, 3-16-2006)


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  • Created by: Susan Stessin-Cohn
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101366848
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chester L “Chet” Mirsky (20 Aug 1943–9 Mar 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101366848, citing New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Susan Stessin-Cohn (contributor 47224054) .