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September 7, 2007

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2008 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Attorneys in Public Service is seeking nominees for its Award for Excellence in Public Service, which is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to serving the public.

"The significant contributions made by attorneys who dedicate their lives to public service too often go unnoticed," Albany Law School Professor and Committee Chair Patricia E. Salkin said. "The Committee on Attorneys in Public Service seeks to recognize and publicly thank those who have demonstrated the highest standards in a public or government service. I look forward to sharing in the recognition of the
2008 honorees."

All lawyers active in government service or related public service are eligible for nomination. Recommendations should be based on outstanding commitment to and performance of public service, and may recognize individual attorneys or the collective work of attorneys in an office over the past year or over the course of a career. The award will be presented on January 29, 2008, at the New York Stat Bar Association's Annual Meeting in New York City.

Nominations should be sent to Patricia K. Wood, Staff Liaison, NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service at One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. Recommendations can also be emailed to caps@nysba.org, or faxed to 518-487-5579. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, September 28th. 

Past winners of the Award for Excellence in Public Service include:

2007
Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of New York State
Joan A. Kehoe, New York state Department of Agriculture & Markets,
Murray M. Jaros, New York State Association of Towns. 

2006
Hon. Jonathan Lippmann, then Chief Administrative Judge of the Unified Court System and current Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.
David B. Klingaman, Posthumously, New York Court of Claims

2005
Robert J. Freeman, New York State Commission on Open Government
Walter E. Mugdan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2004
Jeffrey Friedlander, New York City Law Department
Leonard Koerner, New York City Law Department

2003
The Office of New York State Attorney General (Hon. Eliot Spitzer)

2002
Archibald R. Murrary, New York City Legal Aid Society
Professor Patricia Salkin, Albany Law School, Government Law Center

2001
Hon. Robert Morgenthau, New York City District Attorney

2000
Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa, Former Associate Justice of the New York State Court of Appeals

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