August 27, 2008


Annual Award Honors New York's Public Service Attorneys

The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 2009 Award for Excellence in Public Service. Sponsored by the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service, the award recognizes excellence by a member of the legal profession in the commitment to, and performance of, public service. The award will be presented during the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

"Public service attorneys play an invaluable role in our society by improving the greater good, but their work often goes unrecognized," said Committee Chair Prof. Patricia E. Salkin of Albany(Director, Government Law Center of Albany Law School). "It is a privilege to honor those committed to working in the best interest of the public."

Individuals must epitomize a commitment to the highest and noblest calling afforded by the legal profession, to preserve and protect the public. Their efforts must demonstrate a commitment to service, honor and integrity.

The deadline for nominations is September 26, 2008. Nominations should be directed to Patricia K. Wood, CAE, Senior Director, Membership Services, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street , Albany, NY, 12207, faxed to 518-487-5579, or e-mailed to Nomination forms can be obtained by visiting

Past recipients include: Mark L. Davies, New York City Conflicts of Interest Board; Barbara F. Smith, Lawyer Assistance Trust; Murray M. Jaros, NYS Association of Towns; Joan A. Kehoe, NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets; Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge, NYS Court of Appeals; David B. Klingaman (posthumous), NYS Court of Claims; Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 42nd Infantry Division; Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Unified Court System; Robert J. Freeman, NYS Commission on Open Government; Walter E. Mugdan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Jeffrey Friedlander, New York City Law Department; and Leonard Koerner, New York City Law Department.

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.