July 7, 2021
Contact: Toni Valenti
New York County Lawyers Association Issues Statement
on the Passing of Judge William H. Pauley III
The New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) today issued a statement on the passing of Honorable William H. Pauley III, former U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Appointed in 1998, Judge Pauley had taken senior status in 2018.
NYCLA and its officers, directors and Members mourn the passing of Judge Pauley, whose impressive judicial record was crowned by his behind the scenes efforts in making the courthouse safe – both with his work on the court’s COVID-19 team, and as chair for the court’s security committee during the pandemic.
Judge Pauley served for more than three decades on the Federal bench, presiding over several high- profile cases where he dispensed mercy and justice in criminal matters, including proceedings involving Michael Cohen, the former president of ImClone Systems, and numerous other less famous defendants, all of whom he treated with fairness. Judge Pauley brought real change to the lives of 400,000 New York tenants living in city owned housing with his work on a 2014 case against the New York City Housing Authority that was settled through a court-monitored agreement that Judge Pauley continued to oversee until his passing.
Judge Pauley is survived by his wife Kimberly and their three sons.
About the New York County Lawyers Association
The New York County Lawyers Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as one of the first major bar associations in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.