Real Property Law Section Awards and Scholarships


Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award

Each year, the Real Property Law Section presents its Professionalism Award during the NYSBA Annual Meeting in January.

Some of the criteria used to identify a recipient include: 

* The nominee possesses in her or his practice a continuing civility and appreciation for others.
* The nominee possess an outstanding level of competence—legal ability—and achievement.

* The nominee has in her or his practice made a strong contribution to the development of the practice of law, the improvement of the practice of law, particularly in the field of education—with frequent lectures in CLE programs, writings or publications. 

* The nominee over the years has engaged in mentoring of younger attorneys.

* The nominee has involved herself or himself in Bar activities, both on the local level and the State level, holding positions as an officer or chairing committees, etc.

* The nominee has been a voice on legal issues. 

* The nominee has throughout his or her career maintained the highest ethical standards.


There is no nomination form. Please send a letter of recommendation to:

Peter Coffey, Award Committee Chair
pcoffey@ecmlaw.com

Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award

2000 – Eugene Morris

2001 – James M. Pedowitz

2003 – Bernard Rifkin

2004 – John E. Blyth

2005 – Harold A. Lubell

2006 – John Hall

2007 – Prof. Robert Zinman

2008 – Mel Mitzner

2009 – Lorraine Power Tharp (posthumus)

2010 -  Bill Colavito

2011 – Joshua Stein

2012 – Karl Holtzschue

2013 – no award presented

2014 – Michael J. Berey


Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship in 2008. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

The Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, who served as President of the NYSBA and Chair of the Real Property Law Section.

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine's commitment to gender equity and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial  need.

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

2008 – Rufus Williams

2009 – n/a

2010 – Christopher R. Copeland

2011 – Milana Khlebina

2012 – Alissa Fortuna

2013 – Leanne Monique Welds


Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

Through a gift from the Real Property Law Section and Rosalyn Mitzner, The New York Bar Foundation established the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship in 2013. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student enrolled in a New York State law school. 

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a legend in the New York real estate legal community. Mitzner is a former chair of the Real Property Law Section, and was an active and valued member of the Section for many years. 

Efforts will be made to honor Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement and to diversity in the profession.� To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship. A preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship application form has details on eligibility, requirements and the deadline.

Past Recipients of the Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

2013 - Edward Hyde Clarke