Award Criteria: The Award is given for legal excellence, community commitment and mentoring.
The 2012 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award was
presented to Hon.Samuel L. Green,Former Senior Associate Justice, New
York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth
Department.Green was the first African-American
outside of New York City elected to the Supreme Court and the first
African-American justice appointed to sit on the Appellate Division,
Fourth Department. He retired in 2011 as the longest-serving justice in
the history of the Fourth Department. The Honorable Samuel. L Green
Courtroom in Rochester was named in his honor in January
The Award was presented at a ceremony held at Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts in New York City in conjunction with the
Section’s Annual Smooth Moves CLE and networking event for
attorneys of color. Click Hereto view
the news release.