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On Law Day, bar celebrates the right to vote

Mike Wolford receives the Humanitarian Award of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar from the Hon. Karen L. Morris, chair of the Humanitarian Award Committee. Courtesy MCBA

Mike Wolford receives the Humanitarian Award of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar from the Hon. Karen L. Morris, chair of the Humanitarian Award Committee. Courtesy MCBA

Reflecting on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote, members of the local bars gathered Thursday for the annual Law Day celebration luncheon.

Law Day 2014 was presented at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center by the Monroe County Bar Association, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys and the Rochester Black Bar Association.

The theme this year, set by the American Bar Association, was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,” which MCBA President Diane M. Cecero talked about in her introduction.

Also offering remarks were T. Andrew Brown, corporation counsel, city of Rochester; Monroe County Clerk Cheryl L. Dinolfo; and David M. Schraver, president of the New York State Bar Association.

C. Bruce Lawrence, president-elect of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar, gave a presentation on the foundation’s various programs, including a slide show of many beneficiaries.

The event also featured the presentation of several awards as follows:

• The Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award was presented by Cecero to former Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards for exemplary professionalism and community service.

• Outstanding Jurist Award was given to U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman.

• Humanitarian Award of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar was presented to Michael R. Wolford, The Wolford Law Firm LLP, by the Hon. Karen L. Morris, chair of the Humanitarian Award Committee.

• James R. Boyle Award was presented by Stephen R. Weisbeck, of The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, to Steven B. Levitsky, a partner with Handelman, Witkowicz & Levitsky LLP.

• William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Awards of the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County were presented by VLSP board Chair Frank A. Novak to Sanjeev Devabhakthuni, Hiscock & Barclay LLP; John L. Garrett, Nixon Peabody LLP; and Marla J. Pilaroscia, solo practitioner.

MCBA President Diane M. Cecero hands former Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards the Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award for professionalism and community service. Courtesy MCBA

MCBA President Diane M. Cecero hands former Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards the Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award for professionalism and community service. Courtesy MCBA

Judge Feldman speaks at the 2014 Law Day luncheon. Courtesy MCBA

Judge Feldman speaks at the 2014 Law Day luncheon. Courtesy MCBA