The Awards Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association (the “Association”) is a Standing Committee of the Association. It solicits, collects, examines and deliberates upon applications submitted for various honors and awards created by the Association. Conferred during events such as the annual Law Day celebration held in May, the annual Bench and Bar in June, or the Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Award luncheon in October, the Committee recommends honorees for various awards to the Executive Committee, which votes upon the recommendations.
Awards are given out four times each year. In May, the Law Day Awards include the Liberty Bell Award, the Community Service Award, and the Myrna L. Rubinstein Professional Support Recognition Award. In June, at the Annual Bench and Bar Conference, the Association gives out the First State Distinguished Service Award and, on occasion, the Profiles in Courage Award. In October, during Pro Bono Month, the Chris White Access to Justice Awards include the Leadership Award, the Commitment Award, the Achievement Award, the Service to Children Award and the Legal Professional Pro Bono Service Award, as well as awards given by the United Way of Delaware. In December, the DSBA awards the Daniel L. Herrmann Professional Conduct Award, the Distinguished Mentoring Award, the Government Service Award, the Outstanding Service to the Courts and Bar Award, the Women and the Law Leadership Award and the Young Lawyer’s Leadership Award.
A complete list of past honorees for each award appears below (in alphabetical order):
The Achievement Award
This Access to Justice award is presented to a member of the Bar who has shown an exemplary recent contribution to pro bono services (generally in the past one to three years) and stands as a role model to other attorneys. The criterion includes but is not limited to:
- The number of pro bono hours recently devoted to legal representation of indigent clients.
The number of cases accepted for pro bono representation.
Consistency, flexibility, and accessibility in accepting cases.
The lawyer’s commitment and service on committees dedicated to promoting and supporting the provision of legal services to those in need.
2007 Curtis J. Crowther, Esquire
2008 Stephen Smulowitz, Esquire
2009 Arthur G. Connolly, Jr., Esquire
2010 Andrew G. Golian, Esquire
2011 Kimberly E. Connolly Lawson, Esquire
2012 Carl (“Chuck”) Norman Kunz III, Esquire
2013 Lt. Col. Roy A. (“Drew”) Hilferty Staff Judge Advocate
2014 Christopher M. Foulds, Esquire
2015 Natalie Wolf, Esquire
2016 Michael Nestor, Esquire
2017 Marc J. Wienkowitz, Esq., Law Office of Marc J. Wienkowitz
The Commitment Award
This Access to Justice award is presented to a member of the Bar who has demonstrated a sterling commitment to pro bono work throughout his or her career by dedicating time and energy to the support and provision of legal services. The criterion includes but is not limited to:
- The number of pro bono hours devoted to legal representation of indigent clients over the lawyer’s career.
The number of cases accepted for pro bono representation over the lawyer’s career.
The lawyer’s commitment and service on committees dedicated to promoting and supporting the provision of legal services to those in need over the lawyer’s career.
2007 David J. Haley, Esquire
2008 Christine M. McDermott, Esquire
2009 Kathryn J. Laffey, Esquire
2010 Suzanne I. Seubert, Esquire
2011 William H. Sudell, Jr., Esquire
2012 Matthew M. Greenberg, Esquire
2013 Shauna T. Hagan, Esquire and David B. Brown, Esquire
2014 Patricia R. Urban, Esquire
2015 C. Malcolm Cochran IV, Esquire
2016 Denise Nordheimer, Esquire
2017 Kara M. Swasey, Esquire, Bayard, P.A.
Community Service Award
Formerly the Public Service Award Established in 1990, Awarded on Law Day
For rendering meaningful service to the community, contributing significant time and effort to the greater Delaware community and demonstrating a commitment to leadership and service in activities that enrich and strengthen our community over a substantial period of time.
Public Service Award
1990 Hon. Roxana C. Arsht
1991 Edward W. Cooch, Jr.
Community Service Award
1992 A. Richard Barros
1993 James P. Collins, Sr.
1994 Max S. Bell, Jr.
1995 Steven J. Rothschild
1996 Donald C. Taylor
1997 Stuart B. Young
1998 Judith A. Schuenemeyer
1999 Donald F. Parsons, Jr.
2000 Victor F. Battaglia, Sr.
2001 Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr.
2002 Hon. Kenneth Clark, Jr.
2003 Karen Jacobs Louden
2005 Regina M. Mullen
2006 Anthony M. Frabizzio
2007 William D. Johnston
2008 James G. McGiffin, Jr.
2009 Gary C. Linarducci
2010 Charles E. Welch
2011 Geoffrey Gamble
2012 Donald N. Isken
2013 George Tsakataras
2014 Matthew P. Ward
2015 Thomas A. Pedersen
2016 Hon. Mary M. McDonough
2017 Kathleen Furey McDonough
Daniel L. Herrmann Professional Conduct Award
Established in 1992, Formerly awarded at Bench & Bar Conference, presently awarded at December Awards Luncheon
Awarded to a member of the Delaware Bar who, over the course of time, has demonstrated those qualities of courtesy and civility which, together with high ability and distinguished service, exemplifies the Delaware lawyer.
1992 Joseph M. Kwiatowski, Esquire
1993 Edward F. vonWettberg III, Esquire
1994 William F. Taylor, Esquire
1995 James T. McKinstry, Esquire
1996 Nicholas H. Rodriguez, Esquire
1997 Thomas Lodge, Esquire
1998 James D. Griffin, Esquire
1999 Henry N. Herndon Jr., Esquire
2000 A. Dean Betts Jr., Esquire
2001 James P. Collins Jr., Esquire
2002 James M. Mulligan Jr., Esquire
2003 Sheldon A. Weinstein, Esquire
2004 Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Esquire
2005 E. Norman Veasey, Esquire
2006 Malcolm S. Cobin, Esquire
2007 Not awarded
2008 Ben T. Castle, Esquire
2009 Richard K. Herrmann, Esquire
2010 Not awarded
2011 Elizabeth M. McGeever, Esquire
2012 The Honorable Joseph R. Slights III
2013 Helen L. Winslow, Esquire
2014 Daniel M. Kristol, Esquire
2015 Edmund D. Lyons Jr., Esquire & Richard A. DiLiberto Jr., Esquire
2016 P. Clarkson Collins, Jr., Esquire
2017 Randy J. Holland, Esquire
Distinguished Mentoring Award
Established in 1999, Formerly awarded at Bench & Bar Conference, presently awarded at December Awards Luncheon (Not an annual award)
Awarded to a Delaware lawyer or judge who, by distinguished mentoring of other Delaware lawyers (or future lawyers) over a period of many years, has served as an inspiration to and a model for those lawyers in striving for and maintaining the highest standards in their professional careers and in their community involvement.
1999 The Honorable Vincent A. Bifferato, Sr.
2005 Francis J. (Pete) Jones Jr., Esquire
2006 The Honorable Joseph R. Slights
2008 The Honorable Richard F. Stokes
2009 James S. Green Sr., Esquire
2011 Shakuntla L. Bhaya, Esquire
2012 Karl Haller, Esquire
2013 Drewry N. Fennell, Esquire
2014 Dale R. Dube, Esquire
2015 Dana Harrington Conner, Esquire
2016 Patricia L. Enerio, Esquire
2017 The Honorable Danielle S. Blount
First State Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Established in 1979 – Awarded at Bench & Bar Conference
Awarded to a member of the Delaware Bar who, by exemplary leadership and service dedicated to the cause of good citizenship in civic and humanitarian service over a period of many years has maintained the integrity and honored recognition of the legal profession in community affairs and who, as an outstanding Delawarean, unceasingly advances the ideals of citizen participation and community accomplishment, thus reflecting high honor on both country and profession.
1979 James M. Tunnell Jr., Esquire
1980 The Honorable Collins J. Seitz
1981 Louis L. Redding, Esquire & H. Albert Young, Esquire
1982 The Honorable William Duffy & William Marvel, Esquire
1983 The Honorable Daniel L. Herrmann
1984 E.N. Carpenter II, Esquire
1985 William Poole, Esquire & Joseph H. Flanzer, Esquire
1986 Joseph A. Rosenthal, Esquire
1987 Charles E. Welch, Esquire
1988 The Honorable J. Caleb Boggs
1989 William Prickett, Esquire
1990 Victor F. Battaglia, Esquire
1991 Bruce M. Stargatt, Esquire
1992 S. Samuel Arsht, Esquire
1993 Henry N. Herndon Jr., Esquire
1994 The Honorable Andrew D. Christie
1995 The Honorable James L. Latchum
1996 Howard M. Handelman, Esquire
1997 The Honorable William T. Allen
1998 Irving Morris, Esquire
1999 The Honorable Roxana C. Arsht
2000 Harvey Bernard Rubenstein, Esquire
2001 Vincent A. Bifferato Sr., Esquire
2002 The Honorable Joseph T. Walsh
2003 The Honorable William T. Quillen
2004 The Honorable Murry M. Schwartz
2005 Sidney Balick, Esquire
2006 The Honorable E. Norman Veasey
2007 Carl Schnee, Esquire
2008 The Honorable Walter K. Stapleton
2009 The Honorable Susan C. DelPesco
2010 Not awarded
2011 S. Bernard Ableman, Esquire
2012 The Honorable Randy J. Holland
2013 Joshua W. Martin III, Esquire
2014 Arthur G. Connolly Jr., Esquire
2015 John F. Schmutz, Esquire
2016 Charles S. McDowell, Esquire
2017 Charles M. Oberly III, Esquire
Government Service Award (Not an annual award)
Established 1991 – Awarded at State Bar Night until 2006, presently awarded at December Awards Luncheon
Awarded to a full-time government service employee in recognition of dedicated and distinguished contribution to the Administration of Justice.
1991 Marie Shultie
1992 Steve Taylor
1993 John D. Kelly, III
1994 Felicia Jones
1995 Carole B. Kirshner, Grover C. Luttrell, Jr.
1996 Jesse L. Williams
1997 George Coyle
1998 Lowell L. Groundland
1999 Myrtle A. Thomas
2000 Franny Maguire
2001 Thomas J. Ralston
2002 Carol H. Ellis
2003 Edward G. Pollard, Jr.
2004 Randall E. Williams
2005 Joe Klenoski
2006 Mitzi Boddy
2009 Anna A. Lewis
2011 James Brendan O’Neill, Esquire
2015 Ciro Poppiti III, Esquire
2016 Kathleen M. Jennings, Esquire
2017 Sharon D. Agnew
The Leadership Award
This Access to Justice award is presented to a legal organization (legal department or law office) that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of pro bono service to Delaware’s indigent population based on the following criterion:
- The number of pro bono hours the organization contributes to the direct representation of indigent clients.
The number of cases the organization accepts for pro bono representation.
Flexibility and accessibility in accepting cases.
The organization’s commitment and service on committees dedicated to promoting and supporting the provision of legal services to those in need.
Financial support to agencies providing legal services to Delaware’s indigent population.
The percentage of attorneys in the organization who accept pro bono cases.
Fostering a culture, which recognizes the value of pro bono service.
2007 Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP
2008 Doroshow Pasquale Krawitz & Bhaya
2009 Fox Rothschild LLP
2010 McCarter & English LLP
2011 Richards, Layton & Finger, P. A.
2012 DLA Piper LLP
2013 DuPont Legal
2014 Rahaim & Saints, Attorneys at Law
2015 Morris James LLP
2016 Blakely, Gregory & Pappoulis
2017 Pepper Hamilton LLP
The Legal Professional Pro Bono Service Award
This Access to Justice award is given to a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, government agency or other entity, who performs pro bono legal work in the pursuit of Access to Justice. This award is given as warranted, not necessarily annually.
2016 Rose L. Green, Paralegal and Pro Bono Director of Delaware Paralegal Association
2017 Heidi Coleman, Paralegal
Liberty Bell Award
Established in 1979, Awarded on Law Day
Awarded to an individual who is not a judge or a lawyer, who has rendered outstanding service to his/her community. The award is designed to promote a better understanding of government, a greater respect for the rule of law or a deeper sense of individual responsibility which contribute to the effective functioning of our governmental institutions.
1979 Mrs. Kendall Wilson
1980 Mrs. Charles E. Daniels
1981 Hon. Louise Conner
1982 Hon. Elbert N. Carvel
1983 Dr. Ruth M. Laws
1984 Hon. Herman M. Holloway, Sr.
1985 Mrs. Joan Rosenthal
1986 Mr. William P. Frank
1987 Professor James Soles and Hon. Ada Leigh Soles
1988 Monsignor Thomas J. Reese
1989 Mrs. Gertrude Lowell
1990 Hon. William McLaughlin
1991 Kenneth & Shirley Horowitz
1992 Marian L. Harris
1993 Sonia & Gilbert Sloan
1994 Rosemary M. Twilley
1995 Court Appointed SpecialAdvocates Program of the Family Court of the State of Delaware
1996 Crawford Carroll
1997 James Gilliam, Sr.
1998 Hon. Russell W. Peterson
1999 Donald F. Crossan, Ph.D. and Cadet Lt. Col. Julie T. Jackson
2000 Sally V. Hawkins
2001 Judith S. Mellen
2002 Thurman G. Adams, Jr.
2003 Jane Maroney
2004 Littleton P. Mitchell
2005 Paul R. Wilkinson
2006 Calvin Christopher
2007 Dale E. Wolf
2008 Joseph M. Dell’Olio
2009 Elaine (Leni) Markell
2010 Tony Allen
2011 Michael H. McGrath
2012 Pat Quann
2013 Carole Kirshner
2014 Deborah L. Murray-Sheppard
2015 Ron Copeland
2016 John G. Moore, Sr.
2017 Carol Waldhauser
Myrna L. Rubenstein Professional Support Recognition Award
Established 2002, Awarded on Law Day
Presented to a support staff person, for long and dedicated service to the Bench and Bar of the State of Delaware, to the Bar Association, and to the Members thereof, which has contributed in a significant way to them and to the high ideals of the legal profession.
2002 Mary Lynne Busche
2005 Kris Prichett
2006 Barbara Taylor
2008 Margaret Green
2013 Catherine A. James
2015 Mary Jane De Matteis
2016 Nancy Osborn
Outstanding Service to the Courts and Bar Award Recipients
Established in 1999, Awarded at the Awards Luncheon (Not an annual award)
Awarded to a Delaware lawyer or judge who, by exemplary service to the Delaware Courts and the Delaware Bar, has substantially assisted the courts and the Bar and has strengthened public trust and confidence in the courts in the state of Delaware and the administration of justice.
1999 Richard K. Herrmann, Esquire
2005 Charles F. Richards, Esquire
2006 John P. Brady, Esquire
2008 Daniel M. Kristol, Esquire
2009 Michael W. Arrington, Esquire
2010 F. Michael Parkowski, Esquire
2011 The Honorable Jan R. Jurden
2012 The Honorable Mary Pat Thynge
2013 The Honorable Alfred Fraczkowski
2014 Michael Houghton, Esquire
2016 Charles H. Toliver IV, Esquire
Profile in Courage Award
Established 2009, Given at the Bench and Bar Annual Meeting, if awarded.
This award is given to a member of the Bar who, in the face of significant challenges, has shown extraordinary courage and commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. Extraordinary courage can be moral or physical. The former is exemplified when a lawyer or a judge applies the law even when the decision he or she determines that the law requires may not be popular, as in the de-segregation decisions of Chancellor
Collins J. Seitz and District Court Judge Murray M. Schwartz. The latter is exemplified by our first recipient, Althea McDowell, Esq., who with grace and dignity continued her legal work on behalf of those with disabilities even as she herself struggled with multiple sclerosis. This award recognizes those members of the Bar who either through moral or physical courage have become a source of inspiration to other members of the Bar.
2009 Althea E. McDowell
2012 Santino Ceccotti
Service to Children Award
Established in 2003, Awarded at the Access to Justice Breakfast (previously awarded at Awards Luncheon)
Awarded to an individual lawyer, legal professional, or organization principally including lawyers, which demonstrates outstanding commitment to, and work for, children in the provision of legal or community services. It may be given to volunteers or those employed in the provision of legal services for children. This award is given as warranted, not necessarily annually. The sculpture reflecting this award was created by Charles Allmond, Esquire, and shall be available for display by the award recipient during the year following receipt. Otherwise, it shall be displayed in the offices of the Delaware State Bar Association.
The Charles Allmond sculpture was donated by the former and current partners of the Wilmington office of Duane Morris and in support of the creation of this award.
2004 Fox Rothschild
2008 Morris James LLP
2011 Dean Linda L. Ammons, Esquire
2013 Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
2014 DVLS Staff Attorneys
2016 Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz & Bhaya
2017 Lisa A. Minutola, Esquire, Office of the Public Defender
Women’s Leadership Award
Established in 1996, Formerly awarded at Bench & Bar Conference, presently awarded at December Awards Luncheon
Awarded to a member of the Delaware Bar whose character, strength, personality, achievement and activities in matters affecting women lawyers have served as an inspiration to and a model for women lawyers in their professional careers.
1996 The Honorable Susan C. DelPesco
1997 The Honorable Helen S. Balick
1998 Rosemary K. Killian
1999 Christine M. McDermott
2000 Regina M. Mullen and Judith N. Renzulli
2001 The Honorable Rosemary Betts Beauregard
2002 The Honorable Aida Waserstein
2003 Elizabeth M. McGeever
2004 The Honorable Barbara D. Crowell
2005 Patricia Bartley Schwartz
2006 Claire M. DeMatteis
2007 The Honorable Mary M. Johnston
2008 Christine K. Demsey, Esquire
2009 Karen Jacobs Louden, Esquire
2010 The Honorable Andrea L. Rocanelli
2011 June D. MacArtor, Esquire
2012 Beverly J. Wik, Esquire
2013 The Honorable Jane R. Roth
2014 The Honorable Kim E. Ayvazian
2015 Lisa B. Goodman, Esquire
2016 The Honorable Jan R. Jurden
2017 Yvonne Takvorian Saville
Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1981, Formerly awarded at Bench & Bar Conference, Presently awarded at December Awards Luncheon
Awarded to a member of the Delaware Bar who, by exemplary leadership and service dedicated to the cause of good citizenship in civic and humanitarian service over a period of less than ten years has maintained the integrity and honored recognition of the legal profession in community affairs and who, as an outstanding Delawarean, has unceasingly advanced the ideals of citizen participation and community accomplishment, thus reflecting high honor on both country and profession
1981 Gary A. Myers, Esquire
1982 Nancy Jane Mullen, Esquire
1983 Mary McDonough, Esquire
1984 Donald Wolfe, Jr., Esquire
1985 The Honorable Aida Wasserstein
1986 Edward Welch, Esquire
1987 Kevin Gross, Esquire
1988 Richard D. Kirk, Esquire
1989 W. Harding Drane, Esquire
1990 The Honorable Barbara D. Crowell
1991 Peter B. Jones, Esquire
1992 Kent A. Jordan, Esquire
1993 Kevin F. Brady, Esquire
1994 James G. McGiffin, Jr., Esquire
1995 Matthew Denn, Esquire
1996 The Honorable Jan R. Jurden
1997 Francis G.X. Pileggi, Esquire
1998 Mark F. Dunkle, Esquire
1999 Christopher W. White, Esquire
2000 Carolee Burton Kunz, Esquire
2001 John T. Dorsey, Esquire
2002 Dana L. Harrington, Esquire
2003 Claire M. deMatteis, Esquire
2004 Ian Connor Bifferato, Esquire
2005 Tania Marie Culley, Esquire
2006 Darryl A. Parson, Esquire
2007 Matthew M. Greenberg, Esquire
2008 Drewry N. Fennell, Esquire
2009 The Honorable Bernard Pepukayi
2010 Ryan Patrick Newell, Esquire
2011 Seth lewis Thompson, Esquire
2012 Tara D. Elliott, Esquire
2013 Tanisha Lynette Merced, Esquire
2014 Lawrance Spiller Kimmel, Esquire
2015 N. Christopher Griffiths, Esquire
2016 Kiadii S. Harmon, Esquire
2017 Kara M. Swasey, Esquire