Colonie Town Justice Peter G. Crummey is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award, given by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
The award, presented to Justice Crummey at the State Bar Center in Albany on January 10, recognizes an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to law-related education and improved understanding of the legal and judicial systems.
Justice Crummey frequently lectures at Colonie schools about legal issues affecting students, mentors Colonie High School seniors in the school's work-study internship program, and presides over mock trials through Shaker Junior High School's Law Day program.
In 2007, Justice Crummey instituted The Gavel Award to honor a teacher in the Town of Colonie who brings knowledge of the courtroom into the classroom. He also hosts a local television program, "Benchmark," which explores legal issues through interviews with judges and attorneys from the Capital District.
"Justice Crummey understands that the future of our legal system and society lies in the hands of our children. As such, he educates students and gives generously of his time to civic activities to promote respect for the legal system," said Richard Bader, an Albany attorney, educator and chair of the State Bar's Law, Youth & Citizenship Committee. "We are pleased to recognize such an outstanding role model for Capital District youth."
First elected Colonie town justice in 1999, Justice Crummey has been re-elected three times. A graduate of Boston College and Albany Law School, he also maintains a private law practice in Albany. Within the State Bar, he is a member of the Special Committee on Youth Courts. He serves as a vice-president of the Albany County Bar Association, which nominated him for the award.
The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program (www.lycny.org), under the guidance of the State Bar's 25-member LYC Committee, is one of the largest civics and law-related education networks in the nation. It delivers resources and programs to schools throughout New York State.
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