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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


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Funeral Services Held for Ex-ADDA President Seligman


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Services were held Sunday for former Association of Deputy District Attorneys President Hyatt Seligman, who died Feb. 5.

Seligman had spent more than 30 years with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Steven J. Ipsen, who served nine terms as president of the ADAA before Seligman became president, said yesterday:

“Hyatt was a prosecutor’s prosecutor, a larger than life DA.  His mantra was ‘Do the right thing.’ 

“You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the office who did not have the utmost respect for Hyatt.  He will be greatly missed.”

Ipsen said he appointed Seligman to join the board because he had been impressed by Seligman during their interactions at the District Attorney’s Office. 

In 2011, while Seligman was president of the ADAA, the association voted to affiliate itself with one of the nation’s largest labor unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  

Marc Debbaudt, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney who served on the board of directors of the ADAA with Seligman and is now a candidate for president, said:

“I think he was hoping to retire, and it is very sad he didn’t get that opportunity…He volunteered his time to help improve the working conditions and salaries of his fellow DDAs, and he did so without compensation, and I think he was generous in that regard.”

In 2012, Seligman, along with Ipsen, sued then-Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley for alleged employment retaliation and anti-union activities. 

At the trial, Seligman argued that he been treated unfairly at when he became affiliated with the union.  The jury found their claims to be without merit.

Services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park. 


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