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October 6, 2010

STATE BAR SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR ATTORNEY PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Award honors a Bar member who displays the highest standards of professionalism

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association today announced a call for nominations for the 2011 Attorney Professionalism Award. Sponsored by the Committee on Attorney Professionalism, the award honors a Bar member who displays the highest standards of professionalism, including extraordinary dedication to clients, unwavering commitment to promoting respect for the legal system, exemplary ethical conduct, as well as being a role model in the areas of competence, good judgment, integrity and civility.

"With a marked dedication to serving their clients effectively and ethically, and an unwavering commitment to promoting respect for the legal system, the winners of the Attorney Professionalism Award exemplify the highest standards of professionalism in the practice of law," said Committee on Attorney Professionalism Chair Marion Hancock Fish of Syracuse (Hancock & Estabrook LLP). "We look forward to honoring yet another esteemed recipient of this prestigious award."
 
The award honors attorneys who evidence the highest attributes of professionalism in the practice of law: attorneys who have labored in "the vineyard" and are especially valued by their clients and their colleagues. Therefore, rather than a lifetime achievement award, this particular honor relates to professionalism in the practice of law. 

The deadline for nominations is November 12, 2010. Nomination forms are available at www.nysba.org/2011AttorneyProfessionalismAward. The completed nomination form and supporting letters should be returned to the Committee on Attorney Professionalism, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. The award will be presented at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in January 2011.

Recent award winners are: Mark A. Longo of Brooklyn (Longo & D'Apice); Jill M. Cicero of Rochester (Jill M. Cicero & Associates); Peter V. Coffey (Englert, Coffey, McHugh and Fantauzzi, LLP); Frank E. Yannelli of Rockville Centre (Yannelli & Zevin); and Terrence M. Connors of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo, LLP).

The 77,000-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.

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