ALBANY-Maureen Crush of Newburgh was honored with the New York State Bar Association's Root/Stimson Award, presented by Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. on June 23 in Cooperstown.

The award, given by the Committee on Annual Award, honors an attorney for exemplary community service.

"Maureen Crush is a woman of tremendous vision and service. She devotes enormous time and uses her legal expertise to make a difference in her community," said President James of New York City (The Legal Aid Society of New York). "She is a most deserving recipient of this award."

A partner in the law firm of de Ramon Crush, Crush is president of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, which provides decent affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers. She is one of the organization's longest-serving board members. She annually organizes the "Attorney Build Day" and is a founding member of the Development Committee which has raised more than $220,000 annually since 2005.

A past president of the Women's Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Crush also is a founding board member of its foundation. She has led fundraising efforts to provide scholarships to women law school students and develop community programs on women's issues.

She is treasurer of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. She was a board member of Independent Living, Inc., which helps persons with disabilities, and a member of the Tri-County Go Red for Women executive leadership team of the American Heart Association. 

"Maureen is an extraordinary community leader and actively participates in the causes she believes in. She represents the very best of our profession and tradition of service," said Paul Michael Hassett of Buffalo (Brown & Kelly), past State Bar president and chair of the Committee on Annual Award's Root/Stimson Award subcommittee. "We are thrilled to honor her."

Crush heads her firm's corporate and commercial practice group. She graduated from New York University and Fordham University School of Law.

The award is named for distinguished lawyers Elihu Root and Henry Stimson to honor their commitment to public service. Root served in President Theodore Roosevelt's administration as secretary of state, received the Nobel Peace Prize and was a president of the New York State Bar Association; Stimson served in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration as secretary of war during World War II.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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