Awards and Scholarships

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 $ 5,000 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
2014
- no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded


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 $ 5,000 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 
2014
- no scholarship awarded
2015 - no scholarship awarded


REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

Each year, the Real Property Law Section has honored an outstanding individual real estate practitioner with its Professionalism Award. The Section’s Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 award, to be presented at the Section’s Annual Meeting luncheon in January.

Some of the criteria which are used to identify an individual are as follows:

1.  The nominee possesses in her/his practice a continuing civility and appreciation for others.

2.  The individual possess an outstanding level of competence­legal ability­and achievement.

3.  The nominee has in her/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 education­frequent lectures in CLE programs­writings­publications.

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

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

6.  The nominee has been a voice on legal issues.

7.  The nominee has throughout his/her career maintained the highest ethical standards.

Send a letter of recommendation to the address listed below, there is no nomination form. Multiple nominations for the same individual are welcome, as are endorsements by local county bar associations.

Letters, endorsements, etc. should be mailed to :

Peter Coffey, Esq.
Professionalism Award Chair
224 State Street
Schenectady, New York 12305
or
e-mail: 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 (posthumous
2010 
-  Bill Colavito
2011 
– Joshua Stein
2012 
– Karl Holtzschue
2013
 – no award presented
2014 
– Michael J. Berey
2015 - Peter V. Coffey