Past Award Recipients

2019:
Educator: Richard W. Bader, Capital Region Career and Technical School, Capital Region BOCES, Albany, NY
Attorney: Jay Worona, New York State School Boards Association, Latham, NY

2018:
A "Recognition Award" was presented this year in lieu of the Emil Zullo Educator Distinguished Service Award and the Attorney Distinguished Service Award.
Recipient: Mary Miller, Education Services Director, New York News Publishers Association, Albany, NY

2017:
Educator:
 Douglas Elliot, Ward-Melville High School, East Setauket, NY 
Attorney: Joseph Prokop, Jr., Esq., Central Islip, NY  

2016: 
Educator: Randy Kaminsky, Fort Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY 
Attorney: Ari Khan, Esq, Clifford Chance LLP, New York, NY 

2015 
Educator: Tracey Bureau, Queensbury High School, Queensbury, NY 
Attorney: Karla Williams Buettner, Bartlett Pontiff Stewart & Rhodes PC, Glens Falls, NY 

2014 
Educator:   
Attorney:   

2013 
Educator: Dimitria Kamaris, PS 122Q, Astoria, NY 
Attorney: Jeremy A. Cohen, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York, NY 

2012 
Educator: Robin Kovat, Sheepshead Bay High School, Brooklyn, NY 
Attorney: Peter G. Crummey, Town Justice, Colonie, NY 

2011 
Educator: James LeCain, Brookwood Secure Facility, Claverack, NY 
Attorney: Gregory L. Peterson, Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, NY 

2010 
Educator: Karen Ferris-Fearnside, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, NY 
Attorney: Hon. Helena Heath, Albany City Court Judge 

2009 
Educator: Michael Chlystun, Smithtown School District, Smithtown 
Attorney: Aldo A. Badini, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, New York, NY 

2008 
Educator: Madeleine D. Brennan, Dyker Heights Junior HS, Brooklyn 
Attorney: William G. Bauer, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Rochester 

2007 
Educator: Edward C. Pangburn, Fort Plain High School, teacher 
Attorney: Hon. James C. Hudson, Acting Supreme Court Justice, Suffolk County 

2006 
Educator: Anthony DiBartolo, retired, Clarkstown High School, Clarkstown, NY; teacher, Frisch School 
Attorney: Rolland E. Kidder, Executive Director, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY 

2005 
Educator: Leah Peterson, Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Rochester, NY 
Attorney: Raymond Kelly, Law Offices of Raymond Kelly, Albany, NY 

2004 
Educator: David A. Scott, Northport High School, Northport, NY 
Attorney: Lawrence Friedman, District Attorney, Genesee County, Batavia, NY 

2003 
Educator: Hugh M. "Stu" Spoljaric, Kingston High School, Kingston, NY 
Attorney: Heath Szymczak, Jackle, Fleischmann & Mugel, Buffalo, NY   

2002 
Educator: Peter Stachecki, Retired Teacher, Northport High School, Northport, NY 
Attorney: Robert Klump, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Buffalo, NY 

2001 
Educator(s): Santo Scarpinto and Linda Skidmore, Northport-East High School 
Attorney: Charles E. Roberts, Assistant US Attorney from Syracuse 

2000 
Educator: Mary DeMarco, Albany High School 
Attorney: Kevin D. Walsh, Buffalo 

1999 
Educator: JoAnn Armenia Balazs, Amherst Central School 
Attorney: Christopher A. Williams, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County 

1998 
Educator: Rozella G. Kirchgaessner, Law, Government and Community Service Magnet High School 
Attorney: William C. Pericak, Assistant US Attorney, Albany 

1997 
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 

1996 
Educator: Joel Seidenstein, Bronx High School of Science 
Attorney: Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst 

1995 
Educator: Sonia Lerner, James Madison High School, Brooklyn 
Attorney: John E. Tsavaris II, Kenyon & Kenyon, New York 

1994 
Educator: Robert Donaldson, Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck 
Attorney: Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney of Kings County, Brooklyn 

1993 
Educator(s): Lauren Carminucci and Mirla Morrison, Ossining High School, Ossining 

1992 
Educator: Debra Lesser, Director Law and Justice Institute, New York 
Attorney: Nina Pozgar, Assistant District, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hauppauge 

1991 
Educator(s): Anthony Zanazzi, Harrison High School, Harrison and Emil Zullo, Kingston High School, Kingston 

1990 
Educator: Dr. Peter Knapp, Brighton High School, Rochester 
Attorney: John P. DiBalsi, Judge, City Court of Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon