The Criminal Justice
Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will recognize the
Honorable Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge of the New York State
Unified Court System with the Vincent E. Doyle Jr. Award for Outstanding
Judicial Contribution in the Criminal Justice System on Wednesday, January 16
at the NYSBA Annual Meeting.
Marks, who has been New
York’s chief administrative judge since 2015, receives the award that
recognizes the judicial efforts to improve the administration of the criminal
justice system. He oversees the day-to-day administration and operation of the
statewide court system, with a budget of over $2.5 billion, 3,600 state and
local judges and 15,000 nonjudicial employees in over 300 locations across the
The Criminal Justice
Section will also be honoring the following individuals with awards at the NYSBA
Art C. Cody, Esq., of Albany will receive the David S. Michaels Memorial Award, which
recognizes courageous efforts in promoting integrity, justice, and fairness in
the criminal justice system. Cody serves as deputy director of the Veterans
Defense Program and New York State Defenders Association.
Elizabeth Glaser, Esq., of New York, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Bar and the
Community Award. Glazer is the director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of
Criminal Justice and former chief adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo on criminal
justice and homeland security policy.
Joseph M. LaTona, Esq. of Buffalo (Joseph LaTona Attorney at Law) will receive the Charles F.
Crimi Memorial Award. The award recognizes the professional career of a defense
attorney in private practice that embodies the highest ideals of the Criminal
Justice Section. LaTona has been in private practice for the past 18 years and
has represented clients in cases involving allegations of fraud, conspiracy,
murder and criminally negligent homicide.
William J. Leahy, Esq., of Albany will receive the Michele S. Maxian Award for Outstanding Public
Defense Practitioner. Since 2011, Leahy has been the director of New York State
Office of Indigent Legal Services, where he has taken on the mantle of
improving the quality of representation for poor people in the criminal and
family courts throughout the state.
Honorable Martin Marcus, acting justice, Bronx County Supreme Court will receive the Outstanding
Contribution in the Field of Criminal Law Education award. Judge Marcus has
been assigned to the Bronx County Supreme Court since 1990.
P. David Soares, Esq., Albany County District Attorney, will receive the Outstanding
Prosecutor Award. Soares is now in his fourth term as DA. He has been
successful with the creation of several special units dedicated to reducing
street violence through creative, non-tradition means, building hope for the
people of Albany County, and emphasizing prevention over prosecution.
Honoring attorneys who
render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of
NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from
around the state, the nation and the world. They come to meet and connect with
their colleagues, and to learn from the experts in many areas of the law.
NYSBA’s 142nd Annual
Meeting January 14-18 explores current issues in the law with a presidential
summit on January 16 that looks at the #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions
and whistleblower laws. Speakers at other programs during the week include
former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New
York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the
state’s first female Attorney General; Internal Revenue Service Commissioner
Charles Rettig; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health
Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet
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