Stefan Presser had the credentials - degrees from Yale and New York Universities, for example - to make a fortune representing famous and powerful people.
Instead, Presser, who died Friday after a battle with cancer, chose to represent the most powerful ideals in America, even when they were momentarily unpopular.
Presser served 21 years as a lawyer and director of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked hard to defend the rights of prisoners and the powerless, and of protesters (even when he personally disagreed with the content of their protest).
In this time of turnover on the Supreme Court, the meaning of the Constitution is much on everyone's minds. Stefan Presser devoted his career to defending the Bill of Rights and upholding the promise of a more perfect union. He will be missed.
See also here. I can only wish to accomplish what he did.
Mr. Presser, in my limited experience of him, could best be described as a selfless asshole. I can't say I liked him personally. That doesn't matter at all. His work is far more important than his personality. As the Inky said, he could have chosen to be rich in money, but instead he chose to serve his country by devoting his time and energy to defending the constitution from those who would discard it.
He was the best kind of lawyer.