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James B. Boskey ’64

Published in Oct. 6, 1999, issue

Jim Boskey, professor of family law at Seton Hall U. Law School since 1972, died from brain cancer on June 14, 1999. He was 57 and lived in North Caldwell, N.J.

Jim grew up in West Orange, N.J., and attended Pingry School. At Princeton, Jim majored in sociology. He was a member of Court Club and Whig-Clio. He went on to earn his JD degree at the U. of Michigan and an LLM from the London School of Economics.

Jim's studies in anthropology and sociology at Princeton convinced him that other cultures utilized dispute resolution techniques that were in important ways superior to the American system of adversary litigation, and he spent his professional life advancing the use of those techniques. He also played a significant role in the advancement of major new legal principles in child abuse, adoption, and divorce mediation. He created The Alternative Newsletter, the premier information resource for alternative dispute resolution, as well as the Family Law Journal and the Family Law Clinic at Seton Hall.

He found time to record books for the blind, to be a board member and a performer with the Livingston Community Players, to do AG, and to coach colleagues and students in the intricacies of WordPerfect.

To his wife, Adele, their daughter, Elizabeth, and to his many friends, the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1964

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