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The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) said on Friday that it will honor three New York City attorneys during its Annual Meeting, in midtown Manhattan, on Jan. 16

The NYSBA’s Committee on Professional Ethics said Hofstra University School of Law Professor Ellen Yaroshefsky, of Hempstead, will receive the Sanford D. Levy Award.

Stuart B. Newman, Esq., of New York (Offit Kurman), will receive the David S. Caplan Award or Meritorious Service, from NYSBA Business Law Section, NYSBA said.

It also said Stacey A. Mahoney, Esq., of New York (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP), will receive the William T. Lifland Award from the Antitrust Section.

NYSBA said the Sanford D. Levy Award, named for a former member of the committee, has been granted annually since 1982 to an individual or institution that has “significan­tly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics.”

Previous recipients of the Levy Award include former New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye; Prof. Stephen Gillers (New York University School of Law); Prof. Thomas D. Morgan (George Washington School of Law); Roger C. Cramton of Ithaca (Cornell University Law School); and the New York Professional Responsibility Report.

NYSBA said Yaroshefsky is the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and the executive director of the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at Hofstra.

She teaches a range of ethics courses, while also counseling lawyers and law firms and serving as an expert witness, NYSBA said.

Yaroshefsky is a member of the advisory board for the NYSBA Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct.

NYSBA said the David S. Caplan Award is given in honor of David S. Caplan, former executive committee member, and committee chair.

The award to Newman “recognizes the exemplary and long-term service to the Business Law Section and its members,” NYSBA said.

It said Newman has been an active NYSBA member throughout his 50-year career, becoming involved with the Business Law Section in the 1970s.

As a member of the Securities Regulation Committee, NYSBA said he developed and chaired a biennial Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course that was offered for over 20 years.

In 1997, NYSBA said he founded the New York Business Law Journal, a bi-annual publication, where he has contributed dozens of articles.

The William T. Lifland Award, which Mahoney will receive, “acknowledges those who throughout their professional careers have distinguished themselves as leading antitrust practitioners, as well as serving the broader antitrust community in a leadership role,” NYSBA said.

It said Mahoney’s practice includes all aspects of antitrust law.

NYSBA said she represents clients in cases involving restraints of trade, monopolization, tying, exclusive dealing, price fixing, price discrimination, false advertising, unfair competition, and related business torts. She is the former chair of the Antitrust Section.

“Honoring attorneys who render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from around the state, the nation and the world,” the statement said.

“They come to meet and connect with their colleagues, and to learn from the experts in many areas of the law,” it added.

Last month, the NYSBA said it will also honor Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award on Jan. 14.

NYSBA said the ceremony will take place during its 142nd Annual Meeting at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.

NYSBA’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will present the award.

“Associate Justice Hinds-Radix of the Appellate Division, Second Department, will be honored for her extraordinary efforts to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, mentor other lawyers and promote equality and diversity in the workplace,” said NYSBA in a statement.

NYSBA said its 142nd Annual Meeting, from Jan. 14-18, explores current issues in the law, with a presidential summit on Jan. 16 that looks at the #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions and whistleblower laws.

Speakers at other programs during the week include former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the state’s first female Attorney General; Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

Updated 4:02 pm, January 7, 2019
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