NYCLA To Honor State And Federal Court Leaders

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 01:00

The New York County Lawyers' Association will hold its 95th Annual Dinner to honor leaders of the state and federal courts on Tuesday, December 15, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, district attorney of New York County, will be presented with NYCLA's Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal by Hon. Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court. She served as an assistant district attorney in the DA's office from 1979 to 1984. Roy L. Reardon, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, will be honored with the William Nelson Cromwell Award by Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York.

The dinner, a black tie event, begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the program. It is known as the bench and bar event of the year and drew 1,200 attendees last year.

The theme for this year's dinner is "hail to the chiefs." At the dinner, NYCLA will celebrate the invaluable work that the leaders of the federal and state courts in New York have done on behalf of their courts and our legal system. The honored guests will be chief judges, presiding judges, and administrative judges of both the federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout New York State.

The Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal honors its namesake, Boris Kostelanetz, a past president of NYCLA. The William Nelson Cromwell Award, named after the association's 12th president, recognizes members of the profession for their service to the profession and the community.

Mr. Morgenthau is the longest-serving district attorney in New York City, having first been elected to the position 35 years ago. A decorated World War II veteran and son of Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mr. Morgenthau has maintained and enhanced a tradition of excellence and high ideals in public prosecution. Mr. Reardon serves as an arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international arbitrations and has lectured widely on a variety of litigation topics. He is chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, and a special master in the Appellate Division, First Department.

To make a reservation for this event, contact Anita Aboulafia, (212) 267-6646, ext. 225 or email aaboulafia@