October 6, 2008


Prestigious award honors attorneys practicing less than 10 years

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section is seeking nominations for its annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, honoring a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession. The award will be presented at a reception on January 29, 2009 at the Association's Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

"The Young Lawyers Section is proud to once again honor the next rising star in New York's legal community. Through this award, we recognize the valuable contributions that young attorneys make to the practice of law and encourage them to continue on a path toward leadership in our profession," said Young Lawyers Section Chair Sherry Levin Wallach of Mount Kisco(Wallach & Rendo LLP). "Many past winners have gone on to become successful leaders in the legal community and across this organization, and they continue to serve as inspirational role models for today's young attorneys."

Previous winners of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award include Immediate Past President Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP); David A. Kochman of New York (Reed Smith); Laurie A. Giordano of Rochester (Leclair Korona Giordano Cole LLP); Michael C. Rakower of New York City(Law Office of Michael C. Rakower); and Elissa D. Hecker of Irvington (Law Office of Elissa D. Hecker),

To qualify, nominees must be admitted to practice in New Yorkand have practiced less than 10 years at the time of their nomination. Nominees also must primarily be involved in the active practice of law as distinguished from an attorney who has primarily been engaged in business, or served as a legislator or other holder of public office or position, where admission to the Bar is not required.

Nominations should be postmarked by November 7, 2008 and returned to Megan O'Toole, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street , Albany , New York 12207. For further information, please visit: www.nysba.org/oyl.

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.