September 15, 2010


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

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 2011 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 25, 2010.

"Each day, hundreds of public service attorneys make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers, contributing to the betterment of public safety and welfare, often in an understated, but steadfast manner. Through presenting the prestigious Excellence in Public Service Award, we honor their unsung contributions and excellent efforts to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and communities," said Hon. Peter S. Loomis of Albany (New York State Department of Transportation), chair of the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service.

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 October 1, 2010. Nominations should be directed to Patricia K. Wood, CAE, Senior Director, Membership Services, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207. Nominations also may be faxed to 518-487-5579 or e-mailed to For more information on the Excellence in Public Service Awards, please visit:

Last year's award recipients were Diane F. Bosse of Buffalo, chair of the New York State Board of Law Examiners; Hon. Patricia D. Marks of Rochester, the presiding judge of the Judicial Diversion Program Court and the Monroe County Veterans Court; and Peter H. Schiff of Albany, senior counsel to the solicitor general's office.

Founded in 1876, 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. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.