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January 13, 2011

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION HONORS HON. RICHARD J. BARTLETT WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The New York Bar Foundation will confer its Lifetime Achievement Award on Hon. Richard J. Bartlett of Glens Falls, past president of the Foundation, on January 28th in New York City.

"Judge Bartlett's leadership was invaluable in supporting and promoting the charitable and educational activities of The New York Bar Foundation. We are delighted to honor him with this prestigious award and to acknowledge him for his years of service and generosity to the Foundation," said Foundation President M. Catherine Richardson (Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC, Syracuse).

The award presentation will take place at the Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation Dinner at the Harmonie Club.

Bartlett's distinguished legal career as a judge, lawyer, legislator and educator has spanned more than 60 years. Currently a principal at Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC, he previously served as a state Supreme Court justice and was the first Chief Administrative Judge of New York. He is a former dean and professor of law of Albany Law School of Union University.

He previously chaired the Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code, the Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, and the New York State Board of Law Examiners. He served as secretary of the New York State Bar Association and was the 2004 recipient of the Bar's highest honor, the Gold Medal. Within the Glens Falls community, Bartlett received the Crandall Public Library Board of Trustees' Henry Crandall Award and the Warren County Bar Association's Charles Evans Hughes Award.

Bartlett received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. From 1951-53, he was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, JAG, where he served with the 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Korea.   

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors former officers or directors of the Foundation who, due to term limits, are no longer able to serve in that capacity, or who, prior to the establishment of term limits, served a minimum of 10 years as an officer or director of the Foundation. The honoree's service and leadership (as officer or director) must have significantly advanced the purposes of the Foundation. In addition, the honoree's service as an officer or director and reputation as a lawyer and bar leader must have brought significant recognition and acclaim to the Foundation.

Past recipients include: Maryann Saccomando Freedman (Cohen & Lombardo, P.C., Buffalo) and Robert MacCrate (Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York). Both served as president of The New York Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Association; additionally, MacCrate is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Founded in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation provides funding through its grant-making program to increase public understanding of the law; improve the justice system and the law; facilitate the delivery of legal services; and enhance professional competence and ethics. To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to www.tnybf.org, phone 518-487-5651 or email foundation@tnybf.org.

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