Manhattan attorney Kenneth G. Standard has been honored with the 2013 Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award, given by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Standard, who was president of the State Bar from 2004-2005 and the second African-American to hold the position, was honored for his commitment to legal excellence and increasing diversity in the profession. Former state Court of Appeals Judge George Bundy Smith presented the award on March 18 at the section's Smooth Moves program, "Enhancing Your Professional Profile through Board Service: Opportunities in the For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Sectors," at a reception and networking event held at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

"Kenneth G. Standard has led and motivated countless attorneys of color to become bar leaders and stewards of the profession. His distinguished career, commitment to diversity and generosity inspire us all," said Section Chair Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner Ellman & Krause). "We are pleased to recognize a true trailblazer and outstanding role model."

Standard is a member of the law firm Epstein, Becker & Green and co-chair of the State Bar's Committee on Diversity. A resident of Chappaqua, he graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and earned an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.

At the same event, Catalina Ford, a first-year student at Fordham University School Law, was recognized as the recipient of The New York Bar Foundation's Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Minority Fellowship. She will receive a $6,000 fellowship to work this summer in the chambers of New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division Justice Jeffrey Oing.

A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Ford is a hotline volunteer with WomensLaw.orgĀ  and a volunteer research assistant at the Moving Minds Forward Foundation.

The 76,000-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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