October 1, 2009


Distinguished Attorney Award recognizes Bauer's commitment to the Monroe County Sydney R. Rubin Mock Trial Program and helping young people better understand our legal system

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth & Citizenship (LYC) Program will present William G. Bauer of Rochester (Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP) with its Distinguished Attorney Award for his tireless dedication, unbridled enthusiasm and outstanding success in expanding the Monroe County Rubin Mock Trial Program, one of New York State's oldest mock trial programs for high school students.

The award, to be conferred on October 15, 2009 at the 33rd Annual LYC Civics and Law-Related Education Conference in Lake George, recognizes Bauer's leadership over the course of the past seven years.  Through his efforts, hundreds of students in high schools across Monroe Country have had a unique opportunity to sharpen their critical thinking and speaking skills while gaining a greater understanding of New York's legal system and becoming active community citizens. 

The Distinguished Attorney Award recognizes New York attorneys who make outstanding contributions to law-related education and whose voluntary service fosters an understanding of the values of our legal and judicial systems while educating students on the roles that the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession all play in society. The awardee also is acknowledged for his or her efforts to stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility by helping students recognize their duties, as well as their rights; to encourage effective law-related education programs in their communities and in their schools; and to increase communication and understanding among students, educators and those involved professionally in the legal system.

"As an active leader and volunteer in the Monroe County Mock Trial Program, William Bauer has been an exemplary educator and role model for hundreds of high school students, showing them the importance of the law in their daily lives while encouraging them to be active and engaged citizens," said State Bar President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City). "The State Bar Association is pleased to honor Mr. Bauer's dedication and guidance in shaping our future leaders and I congratulate him on winning this outstanding honor."

In 2002, Bauer stepped in to take over the mock trial program when Dr. Peter W. Knapp retired after 26 years directing the program. During Bauer's tenure, the program has expanded to more than 180 students in 12 high schools. "I really believe in the program. For students, it's as good an experience as they could possibly get in what it's like to be a trial lawyer," said Bauer. "I am always impressed by the students' dedication and devotion and grateful to members of the bench and bar for giving of their time."

Bauer is a partner in Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP's Labor & Employment and Litigation Departments. He concentrates his practice in general business and civil litigation, including corporate/partnership disputes, employment law, intellectual property, securities and federal court litigation. A graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport and of Albany Law School, Bauer previously served four years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of New York.

To nominate someone for the Law, Youth & Citizenship Program's Distinguished Educator and Attorney/Justice of the Year Awards, please go to  The next nomination deadline is November 30, 2009.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.