The State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section has singled out five outstanding attorneys and jurists for their contributions to the criminal justice community in 2012.

"This year's winners exemplify the highest standards of excellence in serving the criminal justice community in all its many facets," said Section Chair Marvin E. Schechter of New York City (Marvin E. Schechter Law Firm). "Individuals seeking justice in our courts are fortunate to be served by such dedicated public servants."

This year's honorees are:

Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Jurist

Hon. Theodore T. Jones (posthumously)

Jones, an associate justice on the state Court of Appeals, passed away November 6. A former defense attorney in private practice, he also served with The Legal Aid Society in New York City and was long recognized for his efforts on behalf of those who traditionally have difficulty gaining access to justice. At the time of his death, he was co-chair of the Court of Appeals' Justice Task Force, which studied wrongful convictions. Jones was well known for his efforts to promote diversity within the state judicial system.

Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner

Daniel E. Barry, Jr.

Barry, a legendary public defender with the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo in Buffalo, recently celebrated his 50th year as a public defender with Legal Aid, during which time he has represented defendants in more than 50,000 criminal cases.

Outstanding Prosecutor

Kristine Hamann

Hamann, executive assistant district attorney for the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, is in charge of legislative issues, community projects, information technology, administration and budget for her office, which conducts investigations into local and international drug trafficking that affects New York City. She is the chair of the Best Practices Committee for the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, which develops best practices and innovative strategies aimed at preventing wrongful convictions. A former New York State inspector general, she also served as executive assistant district attorney for nine years in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award for Outstanding Private Defense Practitioner

Thomas J. Cocuzzi

Cocuzzi is a longtime Rochester-area defense attorney who began his career nearly 40 years ago with the Monroe County Public Defender's Office. For the past 34 years, he has operated his own private criminal defense practice in Rochester, and is well known as being a frequent adviser for other attorneys.

Outstanding Appellate Practitioner

Robert S. Dean

Dean is attorney-in-charge of the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City. With more than 35 years of experience as an appellate public defender, he has also taught appellate advocacy and post-conviction remedies at the NYU School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. He is a principal author of "New York Pretrial Criminal Procedure," first and second editions.

The Criminal Justice Section recognized the honorees on January 24 during the State Bar Association's 136th Annual Meeting in New York City.

The New York State Bar Association, with 76,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.


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