ALBANY-Robert T. Booth of Plattsburgh received the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyer Referral Service's Angelo T. Cometa Award at the Bar's House of Delegates Dinner on April 1.

Booth was honored for his 28 years of service to the Committee on Lawyer Referral Service, which he chaired from 1985 to 1988. Committee members cited his strong advocacy for quality legal services and the importance of providing a resource for reliable legal referrals to members of the community.

"Robert Booth led our committee with dedication and aplomb as it grew to serve more New Yorkers. He inspired other local bar associations to establish their own lawyer referral services. As a result of his efforts, more New Yorkers were able to find the right attorney for their legal matters, thereby improving public confidence in the justice system," said Committee Chair Rajpattie Persaud-Billette. "We are pleased to recognize his many years of service providing quality referrals to the public."

A graduate of Yale University and Albany Law School, Robert Booth retired from the practice of law in 2006. He is an active member of the State Bar's Senior Lawyers Section.

The award is named for Angelo T. Cometa, past State Bar President and chair of the Committee on Lawyer Referral Service. It was created in 2007 to recognize those who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment toward advancing the goals of the State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). The LRIS helps coordinate a lawyer referral and information system, as well as provides the public with information about available legal services.
 
Past winners of the Cometa Award include: the Albany Law School Clinic and Justice Center;  the Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project, Inc.; Allen J. Charne of New York (New York City Bar); and Angelo T. Cometa.

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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