Howard Glickstein, dean emeritus of Touro Law Center, is the 2013 recipient of the Haywood Burns Award given by the Committee on Civil Rights of the New York State Bar Association.
Glickstein, who received the award on January 24 at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in New York City, was honored for his lifelong commitment to social justice and the law. He helped draft the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as instilled an appreciation for social justice in the minds of thousands of law students.
"Dean Glickstein has dedicated his life to ensuring a more just world through working on landmark legislation and later influencing generations of lawyers. He is a true example of paying it forward," said Diana Sen of Manhattan (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs), chair of the Committee on Civil Rights. "We are pleased to recognize his achievements and passion for social justice."
Glickstein began his legal career as a labor law associate at Proskauer. He next served as a staff attorney with the Appeals and Research Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. In that position, he helped draft the landmark anti-discrimination legislation that ended racial segregation and unfair voting practices.
President Jimmy Carter appointed Glickstein director of the Task Force on Civil Rights Reorganization. He also served as general counsel and staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he led national efforts to overcome racial intolerance.
Switching his career focus to legal education, Glickstein was founding director of the Notre Dame Center for Civil Rights, professor and director of the Equal Employment Litigation Clinic at Howard University School of Law, and dean of the University of Bridgeport School of Law.
A Northport resident, Glickstein was dean of Touro Law Center from 1986 to 2004. He is credited with increasing the school's enrollment of law students of color and creating a more inclusive law school environment. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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