Each year, the New York State Bar Association recognizes 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.  To nominate an educator or attorney complete the appropriate nomination steps outlined in the links below.

2015 Distinguished Service Awards (attorney and educator)

Past Law-Related Education Distinguished Service Award Recipients


Educator: Tracey Bureau, Queensbury High School, Queensbury,NY

Attorney: Karla Williams Buettner, Bartlett Pontiff Stewart & Rhodes PC,Glens Falls, NY


Educator: Dimitria Kamaris, PS 122Q, Astoria, NY

Attorney: Jeremy A. Cohen, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York, NY


Educator: Robin Kovat, Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn, NY

Attorney: Peter G. Crummey, Town Justice, Colonie, NY


Educator: James LeCain, Brookwood Secure Facility, Claverack, NY

Attorney: Gregory L. Peterson, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, NY


Educator: Karen Ferris-Fearnside, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, NY

Attorney: Hon. Helena Heath-Roland, Albany City Court Judge


Educator: Michael Chlystun, Smithtown School District, Smithtown

Attorney: Aldo A. Badini, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, NY


Educator: Madeleine D. Brennan, Dyker Heights Junior HS, Brooklyn

Attorney: William G. Bauer, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester, NY


Educator: Edward C. Pangburn, Fort Plain High School, teacher

Attorney: Hon. James C. Hudson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Suffolk County


Educator: Anthony DiBartolo, retired, Clarkstown High School, Clarkstown, NY; teacher, Frisch School

Attorney: Rolland E. Kidder, Executive Director, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY


Educator: Leah Peterson, Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Rochester, NY

Attorney: Raymond Kelly, Law Offices of Raymond Kelly, Albany, NY


Educator: David A. Scott, Northport High School, Northport, NY

Attorney: Lawrence Friedman, District Attorney, Genesee County, Batavia, NY


Educator: Hugh M. "Stu" Spoljaric, Kingston High School, Kingston, NY

Attorney: Heath Szymczak, Jackle, Fleischmann & Mugel, Buffalo, NY 


Educator: Peter Stachecki, Retired Teacher, Northport High School, Northport, NY

Attorney: Robert Klump, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Buffalo, NY


Educator(s): Santo Scarpinto and Linda Skidmore, Northport-East High School

Attorney: Charles E. Roberts, Assistant US Attorney from Syracuse


Educator: Mary DeMarco, Albany High School

Attorney: Kevin D. Walsh, Buffalo


Educator: JoAnn Armenia Balazs, Amherst Central School

Attorney: Christopher A. Williams, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County


Educator: Rozella G. Kirchgaessner, Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School

Attorney: William C. Pericak, Assistant US Attorney, Albany


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


Educator: Joel Seidenstein, Bronx High School of Science

Attorney: Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst


Educator: Sonia Lerner, James Madison High School, Brooklyn

Attorney: John E. Tsavaris II, Kenyon & Kenyon, New York


Educator: Robert Donaldson, Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck

Attorney: Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney of Kings County, Brooklyn


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


Educator: Debra Lesser, Director Law and Justice Institute, New York

Attorney: Nina Pozgar, Assistant District, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hauppauge


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


Educator: Dr. Peter Knapp, Brighton High School, Rochester

Attorney: John P. DiBalsi, Judge, City Court of Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon