Jerome J. Shestack, Esq.
1923- 2011

Jerry Shestack was the consummate Philadelphia Lawyer, mentor, domestic and world humanitarian. He was, for over 50 years, a champion of national and international human rights, in his profession and in service to the United Nations and U.S. Presidents since John F. Kennedy.
He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and, for over twenty years, as the President of the International League for Human Rights. He served as a member of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and as a Commissioner of the U.S. Presidential-Congressional Commission to Improve the Effectiveness of the United Nations. He founded and was first chair of both the New York based Lawyers Committee on Human Rights (now Human Rights First) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights. He is a past president of the ABA, founding member of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, founder of the ABA's Pro Bono Center and chaired the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Aid. He was the first chair of the ABA Committee on Mental and Physical Disability and started its advocacy program. This wasn't all. Back in his student days at Harvard Law School, he battled for and prevailed on the admission of women to the law school. After leading a delegation of human rights leaders to the violence-ridden Balkans in 1993, Shestack decried those who remained silent in the face of atrocities and later stated, "it only is a short step from silence to complicity". It follows that he was a great supporter of the International Criminal Court not just within the legal profession but also in the local/national/international communities as he continued to make the world a better place for all people.