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Cornell Law School Public Service Awards


Award winners will be announced in January. 

Mark your calendars!  The 2016 awards ceremony will be held the evening of Friday, February 26 at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  We will also honor graduates from the class of 2015 who have been selected to receive public interest graduation prizes.  We hope to see you there.

Previous Awardees:

2015

  • Ronald Chillemi '96, Assistant Attorney General, State of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
  • Nav Dayanand LL.M. '04, Director of Federal Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy, Portland, OR
  • Lisa Graves '94, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy, Madison, WI
  • William Kolen '82 (Posthumous Award), Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Jessica Lazarin '06 (Rising Star Award), Immigration Staff Attorney, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Buffalo, NY
  • Laura Miranda '98, Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member, Tribal Legal Development Clinic, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
  • Emily Paavola '05 (Rising Star Award), Executive Director, South Carolina Death Penalty Resource and Defense Center, Columbia, SC
  • David Pels '87 , Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Bath, NY
  • Jerome "Sam" Tarver '90 , Associate General Counsel and Ethics Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Washington, D.C.
2014 
  • George Cohen '57, Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Washington, DC
  • Joseph Krakora '83, Public Defender State of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
  • Cyrus Mehri '88, Partner, Mehri &Skalet LLP, Washington, DC
  • Alicia Plotkin '80, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Ithaca, NY
  • Judith Whiting '86, General Counsel, Community Service Society, New York, NY
  • James Yoon '03, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, Washington, DC

  2013

  • David Baron '77, Earthjustice, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Robert Boochever '41 (posthumous),U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA
  • Eve Hill '89, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, DC
  • Keisha Hudson '03, Federal Community Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell '08 (rising star award), Hiscock Legal Aid, Syracuse, NY
  • Cristina Velez '02, HIV Law Project, New York, NY
  • Dennis Walsh '83, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Washington, DC
  • Wendy Weinberg '84, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC

2012

  • Elizabeth Barker '89 , Contra Costa Public Defender, Martinez, CA
  • Andrew Cowan '08 (Rising Star Award), Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Dedham, MA
  • Gabriela Solis de Ibarrola LL.M. '02, Bufete Juridico Gratuito Social, A.C., Mexico City
  • Matthew Faiella '05 (Rising Star Award), U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, New York, NY
  • Neil Getnick '78, Getnick &Getnick, LLP, New York, NY
  • Len Kennedy '77, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, DC
  • Peggy Lee '96, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, Athens, OH
  • Michael Levine '80, Local Initiatives Support Organization, New York, NY
  • Robin Lunge '95, State of VT Director of Health Care Reform, Burlington, VT
  • Jason Patlis '92, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Washington, DC

2011

  • Shane Cooper '03, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy
  • Lawrence F. Gardella '75, Legal Services of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
  • Mary Griffin '88, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Boston, MA
  • Matthew D. Glasser '77, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Nancy Koppe '92, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
  • Charlotte Lanvers '07 (rising star award), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., Berkeley, CA
  • June Lorenzo '84, Pueblo of Laguna, Laguna, NM
  • Marie Pierre Py '05 (rising star award), Public Defender Service of D.C., Washington, DC

2010

  • Barber Conable AB '42 LL.B. (posthumous), President, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • David E. Fritchey '72, U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, PA
  • Nicola Goren '92, Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC
  • Allison Jordan '05 (rising star award), Legal Aid Society of New York, New York, NY
  • James Murphy '76, Legal Services of Central New York, Cortland, NY
  • Jessica Polansky '05 (rising star award), Childrens' Rights, New York, NY
  • Jay Waks BS '68 JD '71, Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY

2009

  • Daniel Boglioli '00 (rising star award), Kaye Scholer LLP, New York, NY
  • Carl J. Boykin '88, NYS Attorney General's Office, Albany, NY
  • Arthur Eisenberg '68, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
  • Bryan D. Hetherington '75, Empire Justice Center, Rochester, NY
  • Douglas Meiklejohn '71, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Santa Fe, NM
  • Martha L. Raimon '85, Center for the Study of Social Policy, New York, NY

2008

  • Jamie Andree '79, Indiana Legal Services, Bloomington, IN
  • Joe Iarocci '84, CARE, Atlanta, GA
  • Shannon Minter '93, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Washington, DC
  • Rosemary Pye '74, National Labor Relations Board, Boston, MA
  • John Tobin '74, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Manchester, NH
  • Lisa Wolford '02 (rising star award), New Hampshire Public Defender, Concord, NH
  • Saman Zia Zarifi '93, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC

2007

  • David S. Buckel '87, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York, NY
  • Gitanjali Gutierrez '01, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY
  • Douglas Lasdon '81, Urban Justice Center, New York, NY
  • Albert H. Meyerhoff '72, Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephen Myers '71, The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn, NY
  • Patricia Warth '96, Prisoners' Legal Services, Buffalo, NY

2006

  • Helaine Knickerbocker '51, Gay Men's Health Crisis, New York, NY
  • Paul W. Lee '76, Goodwin Procter, Boston, MA
  • Angelica Matos '99, Junta for Progressive Action, New Haven, CT
  • Elizabeth Padilla '02 (posthumous), Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers' Project, Brooklyn, NY
  • Martha Roberts '84, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Geneva, NY
  • Michael Wright '94, U.S. Attorney's Office, Houston, TX