New York County Lawyers' Association to Present Unsung Heroes Awards at Annual Meeting

Distinguished non-judicial members of the court system to be honored

New York, NY – May 18, 2012–At the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m., its Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts will present Unsung Heroes Awards to honor non-judicial members of the state and federal court systems who have distinguished themselves in the exemplary performance of their duties during these difficult times of reduced resources and increased caseloads.

“During our ongoing investigation into the impact of the judicial budget cuts on the administration of justice, it became clear to the members of NYCLA’s Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts that the impact would have been considerably more severe were it not for the exemplary performance and dedication of court clerks and other non-judicial personnel,” says Michael Miller, Co-Chair of NYCLA’s Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts and former NYCLA President. “They are the unsung heroes of the court system and have prevented the impact of the cuts from being even more severe than they were.”

Honorees from the United States District Court, Southern District of New York: Wayne Bowman, Michael Fitzpatrick, and Edward A. Friedland. Honorees from the New York County Supreme Court : Reginald Bouchereau, Yvonne C. Cleland, Jack Dooley, Steven Flatow, Doreen Gushue, Michael Markowitz, Raphael Moser, and its E-Filing Resource Center staff:  Maureen Galvin, Peter Garganese, Karen Mackin, Veronica Schmachtenberg, and Roger Shapiro. Honorees from the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York: Eileen Kelly, I. Alexei Martinez, and Douglas Palmer. Honorees from the New York City Civil Court: Lauren Blackman, Fran Stahl, and Antonella E. Tropea. Honorees from the New York City Criminal Court : Anthony Cuva and Fernando Smith. Honorees from the New York City Family Court: Angela Britton and Dahyana Grullon.

NYCLA will also induct as Directors to its Board: Thomas G. Draper, Joseph M. Drayton Jr., Gordon Eng, Hon. Margaret J. Finerty, Adrienne Koch, Eugene B. Nathanson, Jonathan Pressment, Felix Shipkevich, Asha Smith, Daniel K. Wiig, and Alison Wilkey, and as Officers, Stewart D. Aaron, President, Barbara Moses, President-Elect, Lewis F. Tesser, Vice President, Carol A. Sigmond, Treasurer, and Susan J. Walsh, Secretary.

In addition to presentation of awards and induction of Directors and Officers, NYCLA will announce publication of The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York: A Retrospective (2000-2010), which contains insight into the court’s history, covers notable cases, trials, and decisions in various areas of law, and provides bios of current and former judges.

About the New York County Lawyers’ AssociationThe New York County Lawyers' Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.

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