ROCHESTER ATTORNEY RECEIVES STATE
BAR ASSOCIATION’S PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
Attorney praised for integrity,
conduct and advocacy
—Jill M. Cicero of Rochester(Jill M.
Cicero & Associates) has been selected to receive the 2009 Attorney
Professionalism Award from the New York State Bar Association.
Association President Bernice K. Leber of New York (Arent Fox LLP) will present the award to Cicero on Thursday, January 29 during the Annual Meeting
Sponsored by the Association’s Committee on
Attorney Professionalism, the Attorney Professionalism Award recognizes
an Association member who displays the highest standards of
professionalism, including dedication to the service of clients,
commitment to promoting respect for the legal system in the pursuit of
justice and the public good, outstanding ethical conduct, competence,
good judgment, integrity and civility.
“Throughout her career, Jill Cicero has been the
consummate professional and raised the standards of the legal
profession. She has set a fine example for lawyers of exemplary conduct,
strong integrity and unfailing dedication to her clients,” said
Committee on Attorney Professionalism Chair RoseAnn C. Branda
of New York(Caruso,
Caruso & Branda, PC). “It is fitting that we recognize Jill
with this award for her outstanding contributions to the practice of
dozens of letters in support of her nomination from colleagues, judges
and clients praising her ethics, effective leadership and exceptional
“Jill Cicero is a ‘lawyer’s
lawyer’ and deserves to be recognized for her extraordinary
professionalism. If there were ever a lawyer that we could assign to new
attorneys for them to watch and learn from, Jill would be at the top of
that list,” wrote Mary L. Corbitt of Rochester(Executive Director, Monroe County Bar Association) in her
nomination letter. “Her attention to clients and to the practice
of law is without comparison.”
her own practice in 1990, concentrating in trusts and estates law.
Active in her community, she is chair-elect of the Rochester Area
Community Foundation Board of Directors, past president of
Women Network and past president of the Foundation of the Monroe County
received her undergraduate degree
from ColgateUniversity , and earned her law degree from CornellLawSchool. She has been recognized for excellence in law practice by
Best Lawyers in Americaand New York Super Lawyers.
Previous award winners are: Peter V. Coffey (Englert,
Coffey, McHugh and Fantauzzi, LLP); Frank E. Yannelli of Rockville
Centre (Yannelli & Zevin); Hon. Barry Kamins of Brooklyn (City of NY
Criminal Court); Lucille A. Fontana of White Plains (Clark, Gagliardi
& Miller, P.C.); Carlton F. Thompson of Binghamton (Levene, Gouldin
& Thompson LLP); Anne Reynolds Copps of Albany (Law Office of Anne
Reynolds Copps); James M. Conboy of Menands (Carter, Conboy, Case,
Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C.); George J. Nashak, Jr. (Ramo
Nashak & Brown) of Glendale; and Terrence M. Connors of Buffalo
(Connors & Vilardo, LLP).
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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