George D. Marlow of Poughkeepsie, retired associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, is the recipient of the Franklin P. Gavin Award, presented by the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Committee.

Judge Marlow helped create the Lawyer Assistance Committee in Dutchess County. He has sponsored and chaired continuing legal education programs on the impact of lawyer alcoholism, addiction and mental illness.

He served on the Judge Advisory Panel for the Lawyer Assistance Trust. He has been a vocal proponent of creating a system where lawyers can recover from destructive conditions such as alcoholism and drug abuse, and become and remain effective members of the legal profession.

"Judge Marlow has been a strong supporter of lawyer recovery for 20 years." said Lawrence Zimmerman of Albany (Hiscock & Barclay), chair of the Lawyer Assistance Committee. "He recognizes that assisting lawyers to overcome their challenges benefits society and the legal profession, as well as the individual lawyer."

Marlow, currently of counsel to Gellert & Klein, previously served as a trial judge on town, family, county and state Supreme Court levels.

During his judicial tenure, Marlow has chaired the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics since 2007. He served on the Committee on Fiduciary Appointments and the Committee to Foster Confidence in the Judicial Election Process.

The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to assisting lawyers in recovery. Marlow received his award on June 23 in Cooperstown.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


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