January 27, 2009
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2009 EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
Recipients noted for integrity, commitment to service and leadership
ALBANY—The New York State Bar
Association’s Committee on Attorneys in Public Service has awarded
Denise E. O’Donnell of
To be considered for the recognition, individuals must epitomize a dedication to a “higher calling” by not only working in the public sector, but in demonstrating a commitment to service, honor and integrity.
“We are pleased to present this year’s
awards to two of
Denise E. O’Donnell was appointed Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services by Governor Spitzer in 2007. In this role, O’Donnell operates a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities such as the operation of the DNA databank and the collection and analysis of statewide crime data. O’Donnell also serves as Assistant Secretary for Criminal Justice, advising Governor Patterson on key public safety and criminal justice issues.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law,
O’Donnell began her career as a social worker before becoming a
lawyer. O’Donnell was appointed United States Attorney by
President Clinton 1997 and became the first woman to ever to hold the
position of top federal prosecutor in upstate
O’Donnell was inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and received the Association’s Ruth G. Schapiro Award in 2005.
Anthony J. Annucci was appointed Executive Deputy
Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services in 2008 after 24
years of service. He serves as the agency’s chief legal advisor
and has played an integral role in shaping correctional programs
In 2008, Annucci served as the agency’s lead
counsel on negotiating a settlement regarding the treatment of mentally
ill inmates that included several state agencies. The results of his
involvement have made
A graduate of
Past recipients include: Mark L. Davies, New York City Conflicts of Interest Board; Barbara F. Smith, Lawyer Assistance Trust; Murray M. Jaros, NYS Association of Towns; Joan A. Kehoe, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets; Hon. Judith S. Kaye, retired Chief Judge, NYS Court of Appeals; David B. Klingaman (posthumous), NYS Court of Claims; Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 42nd Infantry Division; Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, First Department; Robert J. Freeman, NYS Commission on Open Government; Walter E. Mugdan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Jeffrey Friedlander, New York City Law Department; and Leonard Koerner, New York City Law Department.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is
the official statewide organization of lawyers in