2016 Distinguished Service Awards (attorney and educator)


The Law Youth and Citizenship Committee is proud to honor Ari Khan, Esq and Randy Kaminsky as the 2016 recipients of the New York State Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award. 

Educator: Randy Kaminsky, Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY
Attorney: Ari Khan, Esq, Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY

To honor an attorney and an educator who have demonstrated excellence in law-related/civic education.  The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding attorney and the Emil Zullo Award is presented to an educator.

Contact: Martha Noordsy

Deadline: Varies  

Date Presented: Varies  

Award: Plaque with inscription

Past Award Recipients

2016:
Educator: Randy Kaminsky, Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY 
Attorney: Ari Khan, Esq, Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY 

2015
Educator: Tracey Bureau, Queensbury High School, Queensbury,NY
Attorney: Karla Williams Buettner, Bartlett Pontiff Stewart & Rhodes PC,Glens Falls, NY

2014
Educator:  
Attorney:  

2013
Educator: Dimitria Kamaris, PS 122Q, Astoria, NY
Attorney: Jeremy A. Cohen, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York, NY

2012

Educator: Robin Kovat, Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn, NY
Attorney: Peter G. Crummey, Town Justice, Colonie, NY

2011

Educator: James LeCain, Brookwood Secure Facility, Claverack, NY
Attorney: Gregory L. Peterson, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, NY

2010
Educator: Karen Ferris-Fearnside, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, NY
Attorney: Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge

2009

Educator: Michael Chlystun, Smithtown School District, Smithtown
Attorney: Aldo A. Badini, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, NY

2008

Educator: Madeleine D. Brennan, Dyker Heights Junior HS, Brooklyn
Attorney: William G. Bauer, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester

2007
Educator: Edward C. Pangburn, Fort Plain High School, teacher
Attorney: Hon. James C. Hudson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Suffolk County

2006
Educator: Anthony DiBartolo, retired, Clarkstown High School, Clarkstown, NY; teacher, Frisch School
Attorney: Rolland E. Kidder, Executive Director, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY

2005
Educator: Leah Peterson, Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Rochester, NY
Attorney: Raymond Kelly, Law Offices of Raymond Kelly, Albany, NY

2004
Educator: David A. Scott, Northport High School, Northport, NY
Attorney: Lawrence Friedman, District Attorney, Genesee County, Batavia, NY

2003
Educator: Hugh M. "Stu" Spoljaric, Kingston High School, Kingston, NY
Attorney: Heath Szymczak, Jackle, Fleischmann & Mugel, Buffalo, NY 

2002
Educator: Peter Stachecki, Retired Teacher, Northport High School, Northport, NY
Attorney: Robert Klump, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Buffalo, NY

2001
Educator(s): Santo Scarpinto and Linda Skidmore, Northport-East High School
Attorney: Charles E. Roberts, Assistant US Attorney from Syracuse

2000
Educator: Mary DeMarco, Albany High School
Attorney: Kevin D. Walsh, Buffalo

1999
Educator: JoAnn Armenia Balazs, Amherst Central School
Attorney: Christopher A. Williams, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

1998
Educator: Rozella G. Kirchgaessner, Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School
Attorney: William C. Pericak, Assistant US Attorney, Albany

1997
Educator: Jeffrey R. Schapiro, Bennet High School, Buffalo
Attorney(s): John S. Kiernan, New York and Shira A. Scheindlin, US Court Judge for the Southern District of New York

1996
Educator: Joel Seidenstein, Bronx High School of Science
Attorney: Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst

1995
Educator: Sonia Lerner, James Madison High School, Brooklyn
Attorney: John E. Tsavaris II, Kenyon & Kenyon, New York

1994
Educator: Robert Donaldson, Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck
Attorney: Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney of Kings County, Brooklyn

1993
Educator(s): Lauren Carminucci and Mirla Morrison, Ossining High School, Ossining

1992
Educator: Debra Lesser, Director Law and Justice Institute, New York
Attorney: Nina Pozgar, Assistant District, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hauppauge

1991
Educator(s): Anthony Zanazzi, Harrison High School, Harrison and Emil Zullo, Kingston High School, Kingston

1990
Educator: Dr. Peter Knapp, Brighton High School, Rochester
Attorney: John P. DiBalsi, Judge, City Court of Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon