N. Y. C. Attorney Aaron Seligmann announces retirement, June 30 2006
Today the Consolidated News Service received a report that Aaron Seligmann, the well known New York Attorney who has been involved in corruption cases in city government over the years, has announced his plans to retire from the firm of Seligmann Schwarz & Miller. Mr.. Schwarz said he knew this was on his colleague's mind but he had not heard about the actual date of the retirement.
"He was a wonderful man to work with, a true colleague in every sense of the word, and we will miss his presence in the office", he confided. There were plans, he said, to search for a young person from one of the outstanding Law Schools as a replacement in training, and he added that they felt there should be no problem attracting young lawyers of talent to a firm of their reputation.
Reporter Jancilee White spoke with Mr.. Seligmann at his apartment briefly on Tuesday morning and asked what interesting plans he had for the future. He said that he and Judith would be traveling for a few months, then when they would settle down in their new house in Connecticut, where he could install his extensive library of English Literature from Shakespeare to Graham Greene. He might be thinking of some writing projects, so the library was very important. She asked "Would it be your memoirs, Sir, or something about your legal practice?" . He nodded knowingly and said with a smile that the public will just have to wait and see.
"There are always things which come into a lawyer's office", he noted, "which are not matters of business for us to handle. but qualify as documents of family or historical interest. We put some of these aside over the years to study later with due attention. Some of these files are mere scraps and notes of information, so it might be interesting to see what my literary hand can do with some of these, you know."
"Then you mean a novel?" she asked. He was prompt with his reply. "No, there are too many of these coming out every year, most end in the recycling bin, even if cleverly written. No, it is important to write from a base of real history, real documents rather than made up story lines strung together from a writer's imagination. We need, above all, that certain indispensable touch or reality. Well, that is all I can tell you at the moment, but thank you for coming in to see me, it was very kind of you. . . . was it Miss White?"
REPORT FROM CNS: INTERVIEWER J. WHITE. TUESDAY JULY 3 20O6.