Monday, November 06, 2006


Long before celebrities attempted to achieve the degree of fame signified by use of a single name (in their cases through crude, exploitative behavior that is passed off for daring), there was Stanley. Stanley achieved his status the old fashioned way: he earned it. And he earned it by quietly engaging in torah lishmah, sharing his formidable knowledge freely, and by quietly engaging in tzedakah and mitzvot. He was a partner at Moses and Singer from 1979 until his death Friday.

Stanley was involved in many celebrity cases, beginning with the Maltese Falcon case in which Dashiell Hammett successfully battled a motion picture studio for rights to his Sam Spade character, as well as cases involving the Amos N Andy characters, the Cosby Show, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. He was also the President of the Copyright Society and many other organizations. But neither these cases nor his unparalleled knowledge of copyright law are not what made Stanley Stanley. What made Stanley Stanley and not Stanley Rothenberg was his beautiful neshamah (reflected in an ever-present warm smile for everyone), and the good deeds he did for everyone without them ever knowing. There are few enough people who live an upright life, who are genuinely concerned for their fellow humans. There are far fewer who do so without wanting to take credit for the good they did. That's what made Stanley Stanley and why I miss him so much. His name will be a blessing forever.


Luis Villa said...

First link broken, BTW.

William Patry said...

Thanks, I supplied a different link

Tim Marman said...

What I just wrote about this depressing news:

This is sad news indeed. I took an advanced copyright course with Stanley last semester. His experience is, to say the least, impressive. His knowledge of copyright law was unsurpassed and he was a wonderful teacher. More importantly, as Prof. Patry noted, he was an absolutely wonderful person. He truly was one of the most generous and caring people I have ever met, something evident even in the very short time I knew him. (Interestingly, his son - who I've never met - also went to the same small college).

I'm fortunate to have met and learned from him, and only regret that I won't have that opportunity again. He will be missed, and my prayers go out to his family.

Goodbye, Stanley.

Anonymous said...

Stanley was my "general counsel" for more than 10 years. What I remember more than his great advice, more than his strategic suggestions, and more than his brilliance were our almost annual lunches at his beloved Harvard Club, and the way he listened and the way he smiled and the way he guided me. He was a lawyer's lawyer and a friend's friend and I miss him. (dwv)

William Patry said...

I am very happy to see people who knew Stanley post their remembrances. He was a jewel of a person, and we honor him by letting others know of our love for him.

Seth said...

..."the way he listened and the way he smiled"

Thank you all for your kind words about my father. You should know,
his smile really was the last thing to go.