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A long-time, litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, passed away on Sunday, August 26, he was 66. A beloved, engaging, and respected colleague, Mr. Siegal joined Munger Tolles in 1977. His practice of more than three decades focused on commercial litigation, including insurance disputes, electric industry regulation and patent law. He was passionate about disability rights and international law issues. Mr. Siegal was also a devoted member of the community, integral to numerous civic organizations. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear partner and long-time friend", name partner Ronald L. Olson said. "Chuck was an outstanding lawyer and a courageous and kind human being. He will be missed by his colleagues, his clients and his community." Mr. Siegal was a past president of the Disability Rights Legal Center, which annually presents The Charles D. Siegal President's Award to an individual, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of people with disabilities. In 2009, he received an award from the Legal Aid Association of California for his service on the DRLC's board and his career-long dedication to the rights of people with disabilities. Mr. Siegal co-authored the seminal casebook in disability law, Disability Civil Rights Law, and a treatise of the same name. He was a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Disability. Earlier this year, Mr. Siegal presented at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna - "International Conference on Good Policies for Persons with Disabilities" - which was organized in partnership with the World Future Council. Mr. Siegal had leadership roles within the American Branch of the International Law Association, including as chair of the executive committee, member of the human rights committee, and most recently, as honorary vice president. In that role, he participated in the preparation of amicus briefs in cases involving allegations of the violation of the Vienna Convention on the Consular Relations (Paraguay v. Gilmore) and of the U.S.-Mexico Extradition Treaty (United States v. Alvarez-Machain). He was also a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law. He taught environmental law at Stanford Law School. He was a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and chaired a number of its committees, including the amicus briefs committee and the legislative activity committee. Mr. Siegal served on the boards of the East Los Angeles Association of Retarded Citizens and the Western Center on Law and Poverty. A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Siegal received his J.D. from Stanford Law School (1975), having previously received his undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. Following law school, he clerked for one year for the Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and then spent one year in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. He became a partner at Munger Tolles in 1982. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; and their daughter, Anne and son-in-law, Peter Milano; his sister, Eleanor Siegal of Pittsburgh; and his brother, William "Billy" Siegal of Santa Fe, NM. There will be a celebration of Charles' life in Pittsburgh on November 23. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Disability Rights Legal Center or Carnegie Melon University. Donations to the DRLC can be made online at or mailed to 800 South Figueroa St., Suite 1120, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Please designate to the "Siegal Fund." Donations to Carnegie Melon University can be made online at or mailed to P.O. Box 3715255, Pittsburg, PA 15251-7525. Please designate to the "Charles Siegal Memorial Fund".
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sep. 7, 2012.
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September 10, 2012
What an incredible life Chuckie lived. He did so much for so many that it is an honor to have known him eventhough our time together was many decades ago. I always thought that he was amazing then and he contiued his impressive journey throughout his life time. He really did Elgin Street proud. Love you
Buddy Toig
September 8, 2012
Ellie and Billy - I have fond memories of your brother, especially when we were in Sunnyside together. We were both on the safety patrol at the back doors so we spent a lot of time together in 6th grade. I still remember him well. I'm glad he had a wonderful and successful life. He certainly deserved it and will be missed.
Carol Katz - Sloan
September 8, 2012
Ellie and Billie... I was so very sad to open the paper today and to see that your brother passed away. He was a most special person. I remember that he was the smartest, kindest and wittiest person who I had ever met in my young life.

I have many wonderful memories of being at your home with you and your brother and the rest of your family.

I saw that there will be a memorial service on November 23rd. Please let me know what time and where this will take place.

I am sending you both my condolences. The world needs more people like your brother. He was truly an inspiration to all who met him.

Love, Sandy Snyder
Sandy Snyder
September 7, 2012
My condolences on the loss of your brother, Ellie and Billy.
From your Highland Park neighbor and classmate...
Deborah Hetrick Catanese
September 7, 2012
Dear Ellie and Billy,
We are saddened to learn of the loss of Chuckie. Please accept our most sincere sympathy. We hope the happy memories you have of him will help you through this difficult time.
Susan Persky Cohen and Morry Heller
September 7, 2012
To Ellie and Billy,

Upon hearing of Chuckie's passing I wanted to just send my regards to let you know my sympathies go out to you both.
cynthia plotkin-mervis
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