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June 4, 2007
ALBANY LAW SCHOOL STUDENT ROBERT F. MANFREDO AWARDED
NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION’S JUDGE BERNARD S. MEYER SCHOLARSHIP
Robert F. Manfredo, a student at Albany Law School, has been chosen
as the 2007 recipient of the Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship
administered by The New York Bar Foundation. Established in 2004 by
Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. (Garden City), the award was
available to second-year law students attending a law school in New York
State and is being presented to the student who exhibits excellence in
legal writing and advocacy skills.
This is the third consecutive year for a student from Albany Law
School to receive the Judge Meyer Scholarship. A reception to honor Mr.
Manfredo will be held at the Long Island law offices of Meyer Suozzi.
John R. Horan of New York (Fox Horan & Camerini LLP), president of
The Foundation said, “We are pleased to award the Judge Meyer
Scholarship to an Albany Law School student for the third consecutive
year. Mr. Manfredo’s essay discusses an issue with significant
relevance to New York State and to the legal community at large. His
paper exemplifies the excellent legal writing and advocacy skills that
we seek in law students planning to become members of the legal
A New Hartford resident, Manfredo graduated magna cum laude with a
B.A. in political science from Siena College (Loudonville) in 2005. He
is recognized for his legal scholarship for a paper he wrote,
“Public Use & Public Benefit: The Battle for Upstate New
York”. The paper discusses federal and state cases relating
to eminent domain law and the intention of New York Regional
Interconnect Inc. to use this law in relation to the construction of a
high-voltage transmission line in New York State. The proposed purpose
of the project is to increase the flow of efficient energy to New York
City. The paper also describes the project’s proposed benefits and
the anticipated burdens to New York State residents.
The $5,000 scholarship will be applied to Manfredo’s fall semester
2007 tuition at Albany Law School where he is the executive editor for
research and writing for the Albany Law Review. Mr. Manfredo was
the winner of the Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition
last fall and was a participant in the William B. Spong, Jr.
Invitational Moot Court Tournament during spring 2007 semester.
Judge Meyer was an associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
from 1979-1986 and practiced with Meyer Suozzi from 1987 until his death
in 2005. He earned his law degree at the University of Maryland School
of Law and was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Among his notable
accomplishments, he served as special Deputy Attorney General of New
York in charge of the Special Attica Investigation and was a member of
the Governor’s Commission on Integrity in Government.
Emily Franchina of Garden City (Franchina & Giordano, P.C.), a
director on The Bar Foundation’s board, is a member of the
scholarship selection committee and participated in the judging of the
The Meyer Scholarship is one example of the important initiatives
that have been designed to stimulate the growth of The
Foundation’s endowment and better serve New York's legal
profession, the justice system and the community.
For more information about The New York Bar Foundation, visit www.tnybf.org or contact Rosanne M. Van
Heertum, director of development, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk
Street, Albany NY 12207, 518/487-5651.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 SECURE FX: (518) 463-5993