When I began interviewing Michael for the book about the Haiti case, I was enthralled. I got so carried away listening to his stories that I began to think I should write a book about him. I think what I’m struck by most today as I think about Michael is that as serious and important and difficult as his work was, he was almost always in high spirits and a good humor — and he just radiated warmth. I ended up living just around the corner from him from 2006-2008, and I could actually see his backyard out of my apartment window. I’d run into Michael in the street and after a quick hello he’d immediately tell me who he was suing. It’s terrible, he’d say. And he’d be smiling. If ever there was a happy warrior, it was Michael Ratner. The world is a better place because of him, but a lesser place without him.