The St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild has awarded its 2013 Chancellor’s Award to Fairport attorney P. Frank Pappalardo.
The award was presented during the guild’s annual dinner April 20 at Joey’s Party House in Penfield.
The award, in memory of attorney James M. White and St. Thomas More, is annually given to an individual who emulates the qualities of St. Thomas More.
Pappalardo, who has dedicated his life to his family, the church and the law, was a charter member of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild and has served as its longtime treasurer. He has also been a frequent chairman of the annual St. Thomas More dinner, along with his wife of 50 years, Marlene Pappalardo, according to a release from the guild.
Pappalardo is a graduate of Middlebury College and State University at Buffalo Law School. He also served in the U.S. Army, advancing to the Judge Advocate Corps before becoming a professor of law at West Point.
Pappalardo subsequently served as an assistant district attorney for Monroe County for 10 years, handling major felony cases, and then went into private practice for 32 years; first with his father and then with his son, Frank, and daughter, Fauna.
The keynote speaker for the event was Ayesha Freutz, president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York, who spoke about “Today’s Black Genocide,” noting that the abortion rate of black women in America is much higher than other populations, even exceeding the number of live births.
The Rev. William Everett, pastor of Divine Revelation Church, opened the dinner with an invocation. Deacon John Pattison, a guild member, offered the concluding prayer.