September 8, 2009


Annual award honors the contributions of New York's public service attorneys

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 2010 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 State Bar's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.

"Through their advocacy and unwavering dedication to serve the public good, public service attorneys make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers each day," said Committee Chair Hon. Peter S. Loomis of Albany (New York State Department of Transportation). "Some of New York's most distinguished attorneys and jurists have received this prestigious award, and this year's recipients are sure to continue this outstanding legacy of excellence."

Individuals receiving the award 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 25, 2009. 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 For more information, please visit:

Last year's award recipients were Anthony J. Annucci of Albany, executive deputy commissioner, New York State Department of Correctional Services, and Denise E. O'Donnell of Buffalo, deputy secretary for public safety and commissioner, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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.