Hon. John Gleeson to Receive NYCLA’s Edward Weinfeld Award on October 16


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Hon. John Gleeson to Receive NYCLA’s Edward Weinfeld Award on October 16


OCTOBER 8, 2008 – NEW YORK, NY – On Thursday, October 16, the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Federal Court Committee is hosting its annual luncheon honoring the Federal Courts in New York City, beginning at 12:00 PM at the Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street. Hon. John Gleeson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, will receive the Edward Weinfeld Award, which will be presented by Hon. Jack Weinstein, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, the 2004 award recipient.


Judge Gleeson has sat on the bench for 14 years. Previously, he was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1981 to 1985. Then, in 1985, Judge Gleeson became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During the next ten years, he served as chief of appeals, chief of special prosecutions, chief of organized crime and chief of the criminal division, the position he occupied when he was appointed to the bench. He has been an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law since 1995. He is the author or co-author of numerous books dealing with criminal practice. Judge Gleeson is a member of the Defenders Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S., American Law Institute and American Judicature Society. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.


Hon. Edward Weinfeld, for whom the award is named, died in 1988 and, at the time, was the oldest active Federal district judge in the U.S., having served for nearly 40 years. He was known for dedication and fairness of such a high order that he became a legend in legal circles.


The luncheon is one of several events that NYCLA is sponsoring during its Centennial year celebration, which commenced in April 2007 and ends in December 2008. NYCLA (www.nycla.org) was founded in April 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual identity. 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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