The state's new chief administrative judge, an NYPD chief of detectives with a long record of reducing crime, and a late prosecutor who helped young lawyers hone their trial skills are among 10 individuals being recognized by the Bar Association for Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice.
"New Yorkers are privileged to be represented by an abundance of outstanding criminal justice professionals, who exemplify the finest qualities of our legal community through the fair and fervent administration of justice," said Section Chair Marvin E. Schechter of New York City (Marvin E. Schechter Law Firm). "We're pleased to recognize this year's honorees as among the best of the best."
This year's honorees are:
The Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Jurist
Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
Prudenti has been chief administrative judge of the Courts of New York State since December 1, 2011, overseeing the administration and operation of the statewide court system. Prior to her appointment, she served as the presiding justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Department, the first woman to hold that position. She also was the first woman from Suffolk County to serve as an associate justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Department.
Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award for Outstanding Private Defense Practitioner
Anthony L. Ricco
Ricco (Anthony L. Ricco) New York City, specializes in state and federal criminal defense litigation and capital defense litigation. Ricco has handled numerous high-profile and controversial cases, including the World Trade Center bombing conspiracy case, the U.S. Embassy bombing case and the Sean Bell case.
Outstanding Police Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
Phil T. Pulaski
Pulaski, chief of detectives of the New York City Police Department, oversees a staff of 3,800 detectives and other personnel. He was responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of the NYPD's crime reduction programs, and oversaw terrorism-related investigations following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Outstanding Prosecutor Award
Daniel T. McCarthy (Posthumously)
Over the course of a 30-year career, McCarthy tried more than 200 cases, from official misconduct to serial murder. While maintaining an active trial caseload as assistant district attorney in the Bronx, he found time to mentor younger attorneys. He had an interest in using storytelling techniques to develop prosecution theories and was an early advocate for using technology at trial. He died unexpectedly in February 2011 at the age of 57.
David S. Michaels Memorial Award for Courageous Efforts in Promoting Integrity in the Criminal Justice System
G. Hanna Antonsson
Antonsson (G. Hanna Antonsson) New York City, practices federal criminal and immigration law, and has worked on numerous federal criminal matters over the years.
Michael K. Bachrach
Bachrach (Law Office of Michael K. Bachrach), New York City, practices in federal and state courts at all stages of trial and appeal, and has participated in approximately 10 federal death penalty trials.
Karloff C. Commissiong
Commissiong (Adams & Commissiong), New York City, practices in both federal and state courts. He has dedicated his career to criminal justice and to advocating for the rights of all people accused of crimes.
Peter Enrique Quijano
Quijano (Quijano & Ennis), New York City, specializes in federal criminal defense and appeals. He has tried more than 120 felony cases to verdict. He served as lead and learned counsel for the first Guantanamo detainee brought to the United States for trial in a civilian court.
Sideris (Quijano & Ennis), New York City, specializes in federal criminal defense. After having served as co-counsel in several jury trials, Sideris recently obtained an acquittal in her first jury trial as lead counsel.
Zissou (Steve Zissou & Associates), New York City, a former assistant district attorney in Queens County, now focuses his private practice primarily in federal court, where he has been lead or capital counsel in 15 federal capital cases.
The awards, given by the Criminal Justice Section, were presented January 26 during the Bar Association's Annual Meeting in New York City. Several other Criminal Justice Section awards will be presented in the spring.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
Contact: Brandon Vogel