The New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics has presented the Sanford D. Levy Memorial Award for 2012 to W. Bradley Wendel, professor of law at Cornell Law School, for his contributions to the field of professional legal ethics.
"I do the theoretical side of things,” said Professor Wendel, who specializes in the application of moral and political philosophy to problems of legal ethics. “You'd think that lawyers in practice would consider it too 'ivory tower.'" However, he said, “It was gratifying to hear that people out in the practice found my work not too remote, to be useful.” He added that he hoped, "the work I do might at least inform their thinking about legal obligations.”
Wendel was first notified of the Levy award while on sabbatical last spring. The ethics committee presented him the award at a meeting on October 17.
The Sanford D. Levy Memorial Award was established in 1981 by a bequest of a former Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics at the New York State Bar Association. Among the previous winners of the annual award are former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye; Roger C. Cramton, the Robert S. Stevens Emeritus Professor of Law and former Dean of Cornell Law School; and Charles W. Wolfram, the Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Cornell.
“I know many of the previous recipients of the award, and they are prominent names in the field,” Wendel said. “It is gratifying to be listed among them.”
-- Ian McGullam