A top Justice Department appointee in the Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton administrations died Friday at his Park City, Utah, vacation home, The Grand Rapids Press reported.
James K. Robinson served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1977 to 1980 and later led the DOJ Criminal Division from 1998 to 2001. Most recently, he worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in D.C. as a partner while he battled gastrointestinal cancer.
Ross Parker, who worked with Robinson in the U.S. Attorney’s office, wrote on Ticklethewire.com that the former DOJ official was “one of the finest lawyers of his generation.” (Read his tribute here.)
Pamela Clark, Robinson’s sister, said her brother remained active despite his health.
“He never allowed his diagnosis to affect his passions,” Clark told the newspaper. “He continued skiing, traveling, sailing and even tried kite-boarding in South America.”
Robinson is survived by his wife, Marietta “Marti” Robinson, who was set to celebrate 28 years of marriage with her husband this week. He is also survived by his son, Steven, daughter, Renee Robinson Stromberg, and five grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wayne State University Community Arts Center Auditorium in Detroit.