Contact: Rosanne M. Van Heertum
December 28, 2008
NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION TO CONFER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ON MARYANN SACCOMANDO FREEDMAN
Former President to be honored for significantly advancing Foundation’s purposes
The New York Bar Foundation will confer its Lifetime Achievement Award on Maryann Saccomando Freedman during the annual dinner meeting of the Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation on Friday, January 30, 2009. The dinner will take place at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.
Freedman was first elected to The Foundation’s Board of
Directors in 1982 and served as its first woman president from 1997 to
2000. She served as vice president from 1994 to 1997 and as a director
from 1982-1994 and 2000-2008. She was chair of the Committee on
Grants--Delivery of Legal Services from 1989 to 1997. Additionally, she
served on numerous Foundation Board committees. She was elected a Fellow
of The New York Bar Foundation in 1983.
In addition to The Foundation, Freedman holds the distinction of having been the first woman president of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association. During her tenure as Foundation president, Freedman created the positions of Fellows District Chairs who assumed responsibility for raising awareness of the Fellows program and the activities of The Foundation in their districts. Additionally, she established higher levels of giving for Fellows by creating the $2,500 Sustaining and Life Sustaining categories, and took meaningful steps to increase contributions to The Foundation, to bring visibility to the work of The Foundation, and to enhance its grant making program. In 2005, the Maryann Saccomando Freedman Circle of Giving was established by The Foundation in her honor.
Freedman has been a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association since 1980, was the Association’s delegate to the American Bar Association from 1986 to 2001, and has served on numerous committees with the Association. She was awarded the NYSBA’s prestigious Ruth G. Schapiro Award in 1994.
Freedman is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Her bar admissions include New York, U.S. District Court for Western New
York, U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the United States Supreme Court. She
served as Assistant Attorney General for New York State and, for ten
years, as a Matrimonial Referee in the State Supreme Court. She is
currently of counsel with the law firm of Cohen & Lombardo, Buffalo,
where she maintains a general civil practice and is chair of its
Matrimonial and Family Law department.
Established in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. For more information, contact Rosanne Van Heertum, director of development, at 518/487-5650 or go to www.tnybf.org to make an online donation.