Root Stimson Award

The Root/Stimson Award honors a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to community and volunteer service and to the improvement of the justice system. Named for Elihu Root and Henry L. Stimson to honor their commitment to public service, this award is presented to a lawyer admitted to practice in New York state who is actively involved in volunteer community service work. The award recognizes members of the legal profession who have given unstintingly of their time through community service activities. NOTE: The committee is not seeking nominees who have provided pro bono legal services representation. Those nominations should be submitted for consideration to the President's Committee on Access to Justice which administers the annual pro bono award.

Presented by: Committee on Annual Awards

Contact: Bridget Donlon

Nomination Deadline: May 2

Date Presented: June House of Delegates Meeting

Award Criteria: Award entries must have:
A completed nomination form.
• A narrative (500 word maximum) detailing the nominee’s accomplishments. The narrative should include a detailed description of the nominee’s volunteer community service activities, including the names and organizations and dates of service. Nominees need not be members of NYSBA.
• Nominations should be submitted on 8 1/2 x 11” paper only.
• Do submit binders or other presentation materials.
NOTE: The committee is not seeking nominees who have provided pro bono legal services representation. Those nominations should be submitted for consideration to the President's Committee on Access to Justice which administers the annual pro bono award.

Prize Awarded: Framed certificate

Past Winners
1975 William F. Fitzpatrick, Syracuse
1975 Robert Michaels, Geneva
1976 Harry D. Goldman, Rochester
1977 David Sive, New York City
1978 Hugh R. Jones, Syracuse 
1979 John J. McCloy, New York City 
1980 Jay Vanderbuilt Straub, Albany 
1981 James A. Fitzpatrick, Plattsburgh
1982 Carl R. Gitzlitz, Binghamton
1983 Arthur J. Harvey, Albany 
1984 Joseph J. Casey, Albany 
1985 John J. Gartland, Jr., Poughkeepsie
1986 Emlyn I. Griffith, Rome
1987 David M. Gouldin, Binghamton
1988 Mary M. Coffin, Schenectady
1989 James R. Murdock, Jr., Ticonderoga
1990 Edward W. Pattison, Troy
1991 Dermot Groome, New York City
1992 Victor Marrero, New York City
1993 Michael J. Toohey, Saratoga
1994 Richard Lee Price, New York 
1995 Michael J. Siris, Manhasset
1996 E.W. Dann Stevens, Buffalo
1997 No Award Presented
1998 William R. Brennan, Buffalo (posthumously)
1999 Camille Sianno Enders, Albany
2000 Archibald R. Murray, New York City
2001 Lisa E. Cleary, New York City
2002 Hanna S. Cohn, Rochester (posthumously)
2003 Wayne D. Wisbaum, Buffalo
2004 No Award Presented
2005 Michael P. Leone, Rochester
2006 Arnold B. Gardner, Buffalo
2007 Stephen J. Dannhauser, New York
2008 Charles C. Russo, Hauppauge
2009 Thomas S. Richards, Rochester
2010 James B. Hurlock, New York City
2011 Robert M. Greene, Buffalo
2012 Maureen Crush, Newburgh
2013 Hon. Elizabeth Wolford, Rochester
2014 Thomas Beecher, Buffalo
2015 Jeffrey Moerdler, New York City