STATE BAR’S ETHICS COMMITTEE HONORS PROFESSOR
New York University Law Professor is
recognized for lifetime contributionsto published scholarship in ethics
YORK--The New York State
Bar Association today announced that Professor Stephen Gillers of New
York University School of Law has been awarded the 2009 Sanford D. Levy
Memorial Award, sponsored by the Committee on Professional Ethics, for
outstanding lifetime contributions to published scholarship in the field
of legal ethics. Professor Gillers will be honored at the State
Bar’s Annual Meeting today.
"Professor Gillers has one of the most creative minds
in the field of legal ethics," said Committee on Professional Ethics
Chair Roy Simon, and a co-author with Professor Gillers for the past 20
years. "He combines intellectual leadership with a keen sense of the
challenges of day-to-day law practice. He has devoted his academic career to writing about the
regulation of lawyers and richly deserves the Levy Award."
The Levy Award was established in 1981 by a bequest of
a former chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics. The committee
presents it annually to an individual or institution that, in the
opinion of the committee, has contributed most to understanding and
advancement in the field of professional ethics by publication of an
article or commentary in a law review or journal published
in New YorkState.
Professor Gillers has been professor of law at the New
York University School of Law since 1978, where he earned his law degree
in 1968. He currently holds the Emily Kempin chair and previously served
as vice dean from 1999 to 2004. His research and writing primarily
focuses on the regulation of the legal profession.
A widely-published author in popular news outlets, law
reviews, and law magazines, Gillers is the author of Regulation of Lawyers: Problems of Law and Ethics, a law school casebook now in its seventh edition. He is past
chair of the American Bar Association’s Policy Implementation
Committee of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility.
Previous recipients of the Levy Award include Prof.
Thomas D. Morgan (George Washington School of Law), Roger C. Cramton of
Ithaca (Cornell University Law School), the New York Professional
Responsibility Report, Lawrence J. Fox of
Philadelphia (Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP), Jonathan J. Lerner of New
York (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP), Russell C. Pearce
of New York (Fordham University School of Law), Fordham Law Review, and
HofstraLaw School Journal
of the Institute of Legal Ethics.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is
the official statewide organization of lawyers in New
Yorkand the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have
continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more
than 130 years.
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