June 22, 2010


Hurlock recognized for visionary leadership in local and international organizations

ALBANY - James B. Hurlock, former chairman of White & Case LLP, is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Root/Stimson Award from the New York State Bar Association. The annual award honors an attorney who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to community service. State Bar President Stephen P. Younger (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP) and Paul Michael Hassett of Buffalo (Brown & Kelly, LLP), Subcommittee Chair on the Root/Stimson Award for the Committee on Annual Award, presented the award to Hurlock at the June 19 House of Delegates Meeting in Cooperstown.

Hurlock, a resident of Greenwich, CT, received the award in recognition of his visionary leadership in several highly respected non-profit organizations. Hurlock serves as a trustee of the Corporation of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, where he was once its chairman.

It is his impact in the world of international affairs that is particularly noteworthy. As chairman of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) from 2001-2004, Hurlock was widely credited with IDLO's evolution into an institution with a significant voice in global affairs. Under Hurlock, the United Nations General Assembly in 2001 granted IDLO observer status giving it the influential right to speak at United Nations General Assembly meetings, participate in procedural votes, and sponsor and sign resolutions. Later, IDLO was given a permanent observer office at the UN.

"James Hurlock is a fine example of how lawyers use their skills and knowledge to better not only their local communities, but also the world around them. He has made a difference in the daily lives of New Yorkers while also being a dedicated leader on the world stage," said State Bar President Younger. "Through innovative leadership, he has helped non-profit organizations shape and advance their missions. He is wonderful role model for all of us - attorney and non-attorney alike - and a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award."

"From his legendary career at White & Case LLP to his extensive community service leadership, James Hurlock has exemplified excellence at every turn. His record of community service is as impressive as it is extensive," said Past President Hassett. "His devotion to helping others and his influence in international matters make him the right choice for this award named after two State Bar attorneys best known for their service in world affairs."

Hurlock is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He chaired White & Case from 1980 to 2000, overseeing the firm's worldwide operation during a period when its staff tripled.  He was the interim CEO of Stolt Nielsen Transportation Group from 2003-2004 and is currently director and chairman of the Orient Express Hotels, Ltd.

The Root/Stimson Award, created in 1974, was named for distinguished lawyers Elihu Root and Henry Stimson to honor their commitment to public service. Root served in Theodore Roosevelt's administration as Secretary of State and was a 1912 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Stimson served in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration as Secretary of War during World War II.

Past award recipients include: Thomas S. Richards of Rochester (Mayor's Office, City of Rochester); Charles C. Russo of Hauppauge (Russo, Karl, Widmaier & Cordano, PLLC ); Stephen J. Dannhauser of New York City (Weil, Gotshal & Manges); and Arnold Gardner of Buffalo (Kavinoky Cook LLP).

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.