Steven Rosenfield

Profile Updated: October 27, 2023
Steven Rosenfield
Steven Rosenfield


Steven Rosenfield


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Afton, VA
Spouse/Partner: Kate and I moved 2/23 to Albuquerque, NM to have family support while Kate endures Alzheimer's
Occupation: Lawyer; civil rights, capital and criminal defense; started The Virginia Prisoner Project, Inc.
Children: N/A



I began practicing law in 1977 working as a poverty law lawyer and continuing that kind of work in private practice. My politics is what drives me against the status quo and working in favor of the weaker against the stronger and the less fortunate against the powerful. I use the law to empower people without power. As I have scaled back on courtroom work, in 2019, I started The Virginia Prisoner Project, Inc. in order to provide legal help for incarcerated people who are injured, physically and/or constitutionally. I live with a lot of pain from systemic arthritis, so my goal is to find funding for The Project in order to have a fulltime lawyer and paralegal to represent prisoners or elicit help from big law firms to help rep. prisoners. There is a great need in a terribly broken jail/prison

School Story:

I graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1970 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. My politics began to change and I joined the VISTA program in 1971 which sent me to Virginia. I saw incredible poverty and injustice and it affected me profoundly. I began studying law by "reading law" in Virginia and took and passed the bar in 1977. I am licensed in Virginia and practice in local, state, and federal courts. I have been the fortunate recipient of a dozen awards and honored to be President of our local bar association. My work has included some high profile cases which has landed me in eight books written by others about my cases and in a documentary (Killing for Love; story about Jens Soering, and on Dateline NBC - the story about an innocent client. I represented nine prisoners charged with capital murder, eight of whom received life sentences and one found not guilty by reason of insanity. I still have two clients on death row who I successfully represented in a civil rights case challenging the conditions on death row. I was such an average high school student with many complexes that caused me to remain in the back drop and pretty shy. My sense of humor has fortified me over the years and my wife said to say that I am still cute. Her politics and love have sustained me over four decades.

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What is your favorite song from 1966?

All of the slow songs to which I could dance.

What Elementary school did you attend?

First Colfax, then Minadeo

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Jan 22, 2024 at 9:38 PM

Happy Birthday, Steve! - Howie G

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Jan 22, 2023 at 4:00 PM

Happy Steve Day! Sounds like you've had a spectacular career! Howie G

Jan 22, 2023 at 4:33 AM
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Happy Birthday, Steve! Wish you all the best! - Howie

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Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for Natalie Lewis.
Apr 17, 2021 at 1:29 PM

I knew Natalie somewhat well; we were very friendly to each other. She asked me out on a date in our senior year. I was awfully shy with girls and to be honest, I did not want to go to the party. I was nervous and anxious beyond words.A cab pulled up and Natalie was inside. We went to this party that did not have classmates and so I knew no one. My expectations were low, but Natalie made me feel comfortable. I enjoyed myself and regretted that I never did get to know her better. Yet another high school awkwardness moment that I have come to regret. Steve Rosenfield

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Apr 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM

Sandy lived on Morrowfield street three blocks away from me. There must have been eight classmates of our who lived on that street. Easily the most level street in our neighborhood it was the sight of many touch football games which always included Sandy. We were in the same club during h.s. At our first class reunion, Sandy and I reminisced about our days playing football, girls and how fragile life is. Sandy was paralyzed by then and was in a wheelchair. I did not see him at another reunion. He had a kind soul. He died way too young.

Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for Ronald Kaufman.
Apr 17, 2021 at 12:30 PM

So many of my male friends in h.s. I knew through sports. Ronnie was someone I always wanted on my team because he was such a good athlete and gentle person. He hit the longest home run at Minadeo that is still vivid in my memory. Standing at a urinal in the bathroom of our first class reunion, I reminded him of that home run and how much I admired him. I'm afraid I embarrassed him, but he thanked me in a shy way. Steve Rosenfield

Apr 17, 2021 at 12:25 PM

Ilene was in our circle of friends so we all got to know each other well. I was exceptionally shy around girls and Ilene talked with me about my situation. She was so kind to me and so encouraging. Bobby Markowitz and Ilene were such good friends as he described above. It is especially harsh to lose an old girlfriend. I knew of her early onset dementia from friends and spoke with Ilene one time very early on in her disease. I was relieved to hear of her death because of her lost identity due to dementia. She died way too early. Steve Rosenfield

Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for Rita Lynn Cohen.
Apr 17, 2021 at 12:09 PM

Rita and I were friends throughout h.s. She was one of the sweetest and kindess persons I knew. She married my cousin, who was our same age, and moved to his home in New Philadelphia, OH. They were so happy. We kept in touch, now as cousins. They had two children but soon thereafter Rita died of cancer. Her husband never went on another date after her death because he said he had found the ideal and most perfect partner, that he did not see the reason for looking again. She died way too young. Steve Rosenfield

Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for Nathan Stark.
Apr 17, 2021 at 11:56 AM

Nate was a natural leader. All through h.s. we were members of a B'nai Brith club and Nate was the longest serving president. He was charming, funny and handsome. He rose to statewide president of this organization. Following h.s. graduation, Nate, Mark Becker and I spent a weekend in Atlantic City. During h.s. and the summer months, we spent many a Friday and Saturday nights on Walnut Street watching girls drive by. Nate had a great confidence and had many dates and girlfriends. When I was in town from college, I always made it a point to hang out with Nate and Mark Becker. They would take me to their fraternity house in Oakland and we would shoot pool and talk the night away. Nate went on to become a lawyer, but died not long after. He died way too young. I remember one time when we were on Walnut Street and Nate told me that if I was ever picked up by the police that I should answer all of their questions if they failed to advise me of my rights based on a new supreme court decision (Miranda v. Arizona).who thought about things like that! He was so bright and talented. Steve Rosenfield

Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for Mark Becker.
Apr 17, 2021 at 11:38 AM

Mark and I were close friends when we attended Minadeo and remained good friends until his death. He was more confident than I was and so I piggybacked his behavior as best I could. Mark was very smart and ultimately became a physician. When I was in town visiting from college, I hung out with Mark and Nate Stark who were in the same fraternity at Pitt. Mark and I would go to the oval at Schenley Park after picking up a pound of bing cherrys and pasteries from either Rosenblooms or Silberberg's and talk about countless subjects for hours. We shot pool at the Corner Pocket in h.s. and then at his fraternity house during college years. Mark contracted cancer of his liver. He died way too young. Steve Rosenfield

Steven Rosenfield has left an In Memory comment for David Litman.
Apr 17, 2021 at 11:26 AM

I knew Dave since first grade. He lived one block from me, he on Birchfield and me on the corner of Shady and Monitor. He lived a few doors away from George Arnold, another of our classmate. Birchfield was a good street for playing touch football because it was relatively flat and David always joined in. He was born with three fingers on his right hand, but he never it which I so admired. We were members of a B'nai Brith club for many, many years. We lost touch after h.s., but we sought each other out at the one reunion he attended. He died way too young. We were good friends which I will always value. Steve Rosenfield

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Jan 22, 2021 at 4:24 PM

Hannah: I did not realize that we share the same birth date. I remember your name and recognize your Allderdice photo, but the passage of time has left me a little foggy about you. I was born at about 5:00 a.m. so I am not sure which of us is older, my memory of my birth is likewise a little foggy. Wishing you a happy birthday.

Jan 22, 2021 at 12:34 PM

Happy You Day, Steve! - Howie G

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