Sidney Lehmann died November 15, 2012 at his home after a long struggle with prostate cancer. He was sixty-seven years old. Sidney possessed an extraordinary intellect, a passion for social justice, and a belief in the value of every person.
The son of Armin and Leona Saft Lehmann, Sidney was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945 and raised in Vineland, New Jersey. After attending Rutgers University, Sid earned his J.D. from Columbia University. He began his legal career at Camden Legal Services in 1971. In 1974, the State of New Jersey created the Office of the Public Advocate, where he was a founding lawyer. In 1975, he joined the Public Employment Relations Commission, where he became General Counsel and began his lifelong career as a public sector labor attorney. As a partner in a number of law firms, Sid successfully argued several landmark labor cases before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In addition to his law practice, he taught courses as a co-adjutant professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Management and Labor Relations. Sidney was twice named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in the U.S.” by Best Lawyers in America; in 2003 New Jersey Monthly named him to its “New Jersey’s Top Labor and Employment Lawyers” list.
Sidney is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Janice Susman Lehmann, as well as his children Christopher Lehmann (Kat Stein) and Elizabeth Hamberg (Todd), grandchildren Jakob and Theodore Lehmann and Amelia Hamberg, and sisters Judy Casper (Jack) and Barbara Tombros (Jimmy). An avid golf player and life-long tennis player, his greatest joys were his three grandchildren, particularly going to the Shore with them.
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