September 18, 2009


Young Lawyers Section annually bestows prestigious award to honor an attorney's service to the community and dedication to the legal profession

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 28, 2010 at the State Bar's Annual Meeting at the Hilton New York.

"Through the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Young Lawyers Section honors the many excellent contributions that young attorneys make to the practice of law, highlights their exceptional devotion to community service, and recognizes the future talent of our profession," said Young Lawyers Section Chair Tucker C. Stanclift of Glens Falls (Stanclift Ludemann & McMorris PC). "Many past winners have gone on to highly successful careers and become effective leaders within the legal community. We look forward to presenting this prestigious award to one of New York's rising legal stars."

To qualify, nominees must be admitted to practice in New York and 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 6, 2009 and returned to Megan O'Toole, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207. For further information, please visit:

Previous winners of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award include Past President Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP); Andrew P. Sparkler of New York (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers); David A. Kochman of New York (Reed Smith); and Laurie A. Giordano of Rochester (Leclair Korona Giordano Cole LLP).

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.