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Dept. of Media Services

January 31, 2008


28-Year Old Lawyer Demonstrates Commitments to the Legal Profession & Community

David A. Kochman, a 28-year old associate of Anderson Kill & Olick (New York ), has been selected to receive the 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyer Section, Section Chair Valerie M. Cartright - Hempstead (Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington) announced today. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the Bar through public service and professional activities.

"David Kochman is a rising star in the legal profession who demonstrates a superior legal mind and unwavering compassion for the people he helps," said Section Chair Valerie M. Cartright. "Through his actions, including vital pro bono services for the underprivileged, working on behalf of victims of injustices, and mentoring young people, David has earned this honor. The Young Lawyers Section is proud to celebrate this special award with Mr. Kochman and with our entire Association."

Devoting substantial time and effort to pro bono issues Mr. Kochman serves as post-conviction counsel to a prisoner on death row in Alabama, for whom he recently won an appeal before the 11th Circuit reinstating the client's habeas petition. Other pro bono projects include co-founding the Hurricane Insurance Claim Help Library, an online resource for individual hurricane victims; serving as attorney-coach for a Harlem high school in the NYSBA's Mock Trial Tournament; and defending a Tibetan asylum applicant in removal proceedings. Last year, Mr. Kochman was honored as a New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono service in a single year.

While attending law school, Mr. Kochman co-founded the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal and served as Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and Symposia Editor. Previously, he also interned with the Legal Aid Society of New York City representing criminal defendants and worked for the Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset.

Mr. Kochman received his Juris Doctor from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in Philosophy from Emory University. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New Yorkand the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

"To me, the law is a blanket which envelops and connects our whole society.. A lawyer's job is to tend that blanket. In doing so, a lawyer is able to positively impact the greater community by ensuring that the law functions as it should; an embodiment of our collective values and principles," said 2008 Outstanding Young Lawyer David Kochman. "I am humbled and touched by this award and the support I've received."

Award Background

The Young Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association solicits nominees for the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award every year. To qualify for the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award lawyers must be admitted to practice in New York Stateand have practiced for fewer than 10 years. Nominees must be involved primarily in the active practice of law as distinguished from those engaged in business or in elected office.

Previous winners include Laurie Giordano of Rochester (Wolford & LeClair LLP), Michael C. Rakower of New York City (Law Office of Michael C. Rakower), Elissa D. Hecker of Irvington, Elizabeth A. Wolford of Rochester (Wolford & Leclair, LLP), Clyde J. Eisman of Manhattan and current State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton(Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP).