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February 21, 1945 - December 11, 2016 Longtime Los Angeles attorney and legislative activist Rowan K. Klein passed away of respiratory failure on December 11, 2016, at the age of 71 (after suffering a stroke). His lifetime was marked by a loving devotion to his wife of 40 years, Pamela Beth Klein, and a passion for seeking justice for those whose rights were threatened. Rowan was a practicing attorney in the State of California for over 44 years. He began his career as a legislative assistant to Assemblyman Alan Sieroty. Thereafter, he became the leading pioneer and expert in the field of prisoner's and parolee's rights. He created constitutional protections for men and women in the prison system through his appellate work in the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Rowan also championed the cause of abolishing the death penalty. He defended six capital murder cases, winning five of them. He was one of the few members of the legal profession who truly created a whole new field of constitutional safeguards. Surviving him are his sister-in-law Lin Oliver, his sister Diane Klein Kabat, his brother James Klein, one niece (Joanna Kabat) and five nephews (Jeremy Klein, Adam Klein, Theo Baker, Oliver Baker and Cole Baker), as well as many friends both here in the United States and in France, where he maintained a part-time home. According to his wishes, he will be buried at Grenelle Cemetery in Paris, next to his wife. Donations may be sent to: The Pamela Klein Scholarship Fund, 2723 Forrester Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90064.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 16, 2016
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