In Memoriam: Abner J. Mikva (1926-2016)

7 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019

Date Written: October 1, 2016


In death, as in life, Abner Mikva has been an inspiration to me. The flood of admiration, affection, and anecdote that has poured forth following Judge Mikva’s death, and in celebration of his ninetieth birthday just this year — from the president, Supreme Court justices (and nominees), senators, congresspersons, governors, mayors, elected representatives at every level of government, from children and grandchildren, from young people caught up in the excitement and promise of the Mikva Challenge, and from colleagues and mentees from every walk of life — has been impressive in every respect, and profoundly affecting. Those of us who had the privilege of working for the judge were not surprised; we felt the same way when we were honored to clerk for him, and we have treasured that magic year as we made our way in life and the law. Still, we were humbled to learn again all of the ways in which the judge fought fiercely to make our world a better place, on the broadest possible tapestry of national and international affairs, and the time and love he gave so freely to so many, family, friends, colleagues, and mentees, in their legions.

Keywords: Judge Abner J. Mikva, Abner Mikva, Judge Mikva

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Emmerich, Adam O., In Memoriam: Abner J. Mikva (1926-2016) (October 1, 2016). University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 83, No. 4, Fall (2016). Available at SSRN:

Adam O. Emmerich (Contact Author)

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