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HON. SHIRA A. SCHEINDLIN TO RECEIVE NYCLA’S EDWARD WEINFELD AWARD
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12, 2005 – The Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, will receive the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s (NYCLA) Edward Weinfeld Award for distinguished contributions to the administration of justice on Monday, October 17 at a luncheon to be held at the NYCLA Home of Law starting at 12:00 PM.
Judge Scheindlin worked as a prosecutor and commercial lawyer prior to becoming a judge. From 1977 to 1981, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She served as a special master in the agent orange mass tort litigation from 1982 to 1984. She was special master for another mass torts case involving property damaged by asbestos from 1992 to 1994.
Hon. Edward Weinfeld, one of the nation’s most respected federal judges, was appointed to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, in 1950 by President Harry Truman. Previous recipients of the award that bears his name include three justices from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York: Hon. Edward R. Korman, Hon. Allen G. Schwartz (presented posthumously) and Hon. Jack B. Weinstein.
The New York County Lawyers’ Association (www.nycla.org) was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. 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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