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Lionel H. Frankel of U. dies at 70

He was known as an authority on criminal law

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Lionel H. Frankel, 70, professor emeritus at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law and a nationally recognized authority on criminal law, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, of cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom at the law school.

After receiving degrees from Ursinus College, Yale Law School and New York University School of Law, he served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's office and then for the general counsel's office of the New York Port Authority.

He taught at Wayne State University in Detroit before joining the U. faculty in 1966. He was devoted to the American legal system and wrote a book titled "Law, Power and Personal Freedom."

He served in many professional organizations, including the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and was a member of the Utah Supreme Court's advisory committee on criminal procedures and a member of the board of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association.

He also worked with the boards of the Utah Legal Center for the Handicapped and the ACLU. He founded and supported the Innocence Project, a program dedicated to absolving death row inmates who could be proven innocent.

He was a member of the board of Congregation Kol Ami.

Contributions in his memory may be directed to the Lionel Frankel Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program at the law school.