Criminal Justice Section Awards

The Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association will present the following awards at its Spring Meeting:

The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner: 
Andrew Kossover, Esq., Ulster County Public Defender's Office/Kossover Law Office
Outstanding Appellate Practitioner: 
Janet C. Somes, Esq., Monroe County Public Defender's Office
Outstanding Contribution on the Field of Correctional Services:
Sister Teresa Fitzgerald
, Executive Director, Hour Children
Outstanding Police Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
Chief Margaret Ryan, Dryden Police Department

The section also presented several awards during the 2015 Annual Meeting in New York City on Thursday, January 29 at the New York Hilton. The purpose of these awards is to recognize those individuals who have made notable contributions to various aspects of the criminal justice system.

Nominations for 2016 awards will be announced in the fall.

Please note that past years’ recipients are not eligible to receive the same award. A master list of all previous CJS award winners is available here. Current members of the Awards Committee or Section Officers or their partners, associates, and relatives, are not eligible to receive an award. 

Download and submit the nomination brochure: Nomination Ballot Brochure

Or, Submit your nomination online here. Please review the Nomination Ballot Brochure to see if your nominee qualifies for the specific award. Additional documentation is strongly recommended and can be submitted to ajasiewicz@nysba.org or mailed to Amy Jasiewicz, Section Liaison, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207 



Awards

Click below to view award details and past recipients.

Charles F. Crimi Memorial Award
To recognize the professional career of a defense lawyer in private practice that embodies the highest ideals of the Criminal Justice Section.

David S. Michaels Memorial Award
To recognize courageous efforts in promoting integrity, justice, and fairness in the criminal justice system.

Outstanding Appellate Practitioner
Established in 2003, to recognize outstanding advocacy, protection of due process and the public welfare, and the integrity of the judicial system by defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correctional Services
To acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of correctional services.

Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Justice Legislation
To recognize outstanding work in proposing or implementing needed reforms, which specifically includes political action and fundamental research into the operation and effectiveness of the entire criminal justice system.

Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education
To recognize outstanding work in criminal law education, the promotion of interest in the practice of criminal law, and the provision to students the opportunity to gain practical insight into the operation of the criminal justice system.

Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Public Information
In recognition of a significant effort to acquaint the public and the bar with the operation of the criminal justice system; to alert the public to the problems besetting that system; and to foster dedication to the preservation of liberty through law.

Outstanding Contribution to the Bar and the Community
Special recognition for service to the bar and the community.

Outstanding Police Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
To recognize outstanding efforts to improve the police function within the criminal justice system.

Outstanding Prosecutor
To recognize a prosecutor who has made special contributions to not only the prosecution community, but to the bar at large, and whose professional conduct evidences a true understanding of a public prosecutor’s duty to advance the fair and ethical administration of criminal justice.

The Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public Defense Practitioner

The Vincent E. Doyle, Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System
To honor outstanding judicial effort to improve the administration of the criminal justice system.