Contact: Brandon Vogel
Media Writer, Department of Media Services & Public Affairs

February 28, 2008


Prestigious Root/Stimson Award Recognizes Contributions Made to Society By Lawyers

ALBANY - The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for its 2008 Root/Stimson Award, which is presented annually to a lawyer who has demonstrated a significant, positive impact in the community, state or nation, unrelated to the practice of law. The award recognizes the substantial contributions to society made by many lawyers.

To be considered for the prestigious award, nominees must be a member of the New York Bar and should personify the spirit of community altruism. They should demonstrate selfless dedication in donating their time and skills to activities that enhance the community and the public's opinion of the legal profession. The 2008 Root/Stimson Award winner will be announced at the Bar Association's June meeting of the House of Delegates in Cooperstown

"This award honors lawyers for their outstanding efforts to give back to their communities. They do this not for professional or personal gain, but because they recognize it as an obligation to improve the lives of others," said Awards Committee Chair G. Robert Witmer, Jr. of Rochester(Nixon Peabody, LLP)

The Root/Stimson Award, created in 1974, was named for distinguished lawyers Elihu Root and Henry Stimson to honor their commitment to public service. Root served in Theodore Roosevelt's administration as Secretary of State and was a 1912 Nobel Peace Prize laureate while Stimson served in the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration as Secretary of War during a time of national crisis

Past award recipients include: Stephen J. Dannhauser of New York City (Weil, Gotshal & Manges); Arnold B. Gardner of Buffalo(Kavinoky & Cook); Michael P. Leone of Rochester (Harris, Chesworth, O'Brien, Johnstone, Welch & Leone); Wayne D. Wisbaum of Buffalo (Kavinoky & Cook); the late Hanna Cohn of Rochester (Volunteer Legal Services Project); and Lisa E. Cleary of New York (Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP).

Nomination forms, which must be postmarked by Friday, April 18, and instructions are available for download at Completed forms should be mailed to Leslie Dunn, Department of Media Services & Public Affairs, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street , Albany , NY 12207.