2016 Distinguished Service Awards (attorney and educator)

The Law Youth and Citizenship Committee is proud to honor Ari Khan, Esq and Randy Kaminsky as the 2016 recipients of the New York State Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award. 

Educator: Randy Kaminsky, Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY
Attorney: Ari Khan, Esq, Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY

To honor an attorney and an educator who have demonstrated excellence in law-related/civic education.  The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding attorney and the Emil Zullo Award is presented to an educator.

Contact: Martha Noordsy

Deadline: Varies  

Date Presented: Varies  

Award: Plaque with inscription

Past Award Recipients

Educator: Randy Kaminsky, Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY 
Attorney: Ari Khan, Esq, Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY 

Educator: Tracey Bureau, Queensbury High School, Queensbury,NY
Attorney: Karla Williams Buettner, Bartlett Pontiff Stewart & Rhodes PC,Glens Falls, NY


Educator: Dimitria Kamaris, PS 122Q, Astoria, NY
Attorney: Jeremy A. Cohen, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York, NY


Educator: Robin Kovat, Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn, NY
Attorney: Peter G. Crummey, Town Justice, Colonie, NY


Educator: James LeCain, Brookwood Secure Facility, Claverack, NY
Attorney: Gregory L. Peterson, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, NY

Educator: Karen Ferris-Fearnside, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, NY
Attorney: Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge


Educator: Michael Chlystun, Smithtown School District, Smithtown
Attorney: Aldo A. Badini, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, NY


Educator: Madeleine D. Brennan, Dyker Heights Junior HS, Brooklyn
Attorney: William G. Bauer, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester

Educator: Edward C. Pangburn, Fort Plain High School, teacher
Attorney: Hon. James C. Hudson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Suffolk County

Educator: Anthony DiBartolo, retired, Clarkstown High School, Clarkstown, NY; teacher, Frisch School
Attorney: Rolland E. Kidder, Executive Director, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY

Educator: Leah Peterson, Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Rochester, NY
Attorney: Raymond Kelly, Law Offices of Raymond Kelly, Albany, NY

Educator: David A. Scott, Northport High School, Northport, NY
Attorney: Lawrence Friedman, District Attorney, Genesee County, Batavia, NY

Educator: Hugh M. "Stu" Spoljaric, Kingston High School, Kingston, NY
Attorney: Heath Szymczak, Jackle, Fleischmann & Mugel, Buffalo, NY 

Educator: Peter Stachecki, Retired Teacher, Northport High School, Northport, NY
Attorney: Robert Klump, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Buffalo, NY

Educator(s): Santo Scarpinto and Linda Skidmore, Northport-East High School
Attorney: Charles E. Roberts, Assistant US Attorney from Syracuse

Educator: Mary DeMarco, Albany High School
Attorney: Kevin D. Walsh, Buffalo

Educator: JoAnn Armenia Balazs, Amherst Central School
Attorney: Christopher A. Williams, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

Educator: Rozella G. Kirchgaessner, Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School
Attorney: William C. Pericak, Assistant US Attorney, Albany

Educator: Jeffrey R. Schapiro, Bennet High School, Buffalo
Attorney(s): John S. Kiernan, New York and Shira A. Scheindlin, US Court Judge for the Southern District of New York

Educator: Joel Seidenstein, Bronx High School of Science
Attorney: Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst

Educator: Sonia Lerner, James Madison High School, Brooklyn
Attorney: John E. Tsavaris II, Kenyon & Kenyon, New York

Educator: Robert Donaldson, Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck
Attorney: Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney of Kings County, Brooklyn

Educator(s): Lauren Carminucci and Mirla Morrison, Ossining High School, Ossining

Educator: Debra Lesser, Director Law and Justice Institute, New York
Attorney: Nina Pozgar, Assistant District, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hauppauge

Educator(s): Anthony Zanazzi, Harrison High School, Harrison and Emil Zullo, Kingston High School, Kingston

Educator: Dr. Peter Knapp, Brighton High School, Rochester
Attorney: John P. DiBalsi, Judge, City Court of Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon