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More notes from the NYSBA Annual Meeting

More awards were doled out Wednesday by the New York State Bar Association, which is conducting it 136th annual meeting this week in New York City.

Professional diplomatic corps honored

The New York State Bar Association’s Distinction in International Affairs Award for 2013 has been awarded to the nation’s professional diplomatic corps, men and women who dedicate their careers to furthering peace through international diplomacy.

The award, established by the association’s International Section, recognizes those who have made a major contribution to international peace, understanding and democracy. It was presented Wednesday to Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.

Burns entered foreign service in 1982 and has served in international leadership roles under the past three U.S. presidents. He has been deputy secretary of State since July 2011.

Judge Rakoff receives Fuld Award

U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff has been recognized with the association’s Stanley H. Fuld Award.

Judge Rakoff has long been praised for handling high-profile matters with creativity, commitment to justice and judicial independence, as well as for his expertise and dedication to the development of business and securities law.

The award, named for the late chief judge of the state Court of Appeals, is presented annually by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and jurisprudence in New York.

Judge Rakoff was recommended for the federal judgeship in the Southern District of New York by then-U.S. Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan and nominated to the post in 1995 by then-President Bill Clinton.

Prior to serving on the federal bench, Judge Rakoff was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1973 to 1980.