The New York State Bar Association
(NYSBA) Commercial and Federal Litigation Section will recognize the Honorable
John G. Koeltl, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New
York, with the 2020 Stanley H. Fuld Award on January 29 at the NYSBA Annual
“The Commercial and Federal Litigation
Section is proud to honor Judge Koeltl, with its Stanley H. Fuld Award,” said
Laurel Kretzing, chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section. “Judge
Koeltl is not only a distinguished jurist but he combines scholarship with a
practical approach to the law, as demonstrated by his role as a former member
of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee that
focused on active judicial case management and the long-ignored principal of
proportionality in discovery.”
The award is, named for
the late Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals and is given for
outstanding contributions to the development of commercial law and
jurisprudence in New York.
Koeltl was nominated to
the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and has presided over some notable
cases during his tenure. In 2006 he sentenced disgraced civil
right lawyer Lynne Stewart for her role in providing material assistance to
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
More recently he dismissed a civil suit brought by the Democratic National
Committee filed against the Donald J. Trump for President campaign, The Russian
Federation and WikiLeaks over their alleged involvement in the hacking of
Democratic Party email accounts during the 2016 presidential race.
After graduating from Harvard
Law School in 1971, Koeltl clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Potter Stewart for two years before serving as an assistant special prosecutor on
the Watergate special prosecution force. He joined Debevoise & Plimpton as
an associate in 1975 and became a partner in 1979.
Honoring attorneys who
render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of
NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from
around the state, the nation and the world. They come to meet and connect with
colleagues and to learn from experts in many areas of law.
A wide range of programs at NYSBA’s 143rd Annual
Meeting January 27-31 explores current issues for lawyers and legal practice.
The Presidential Summit on Wednesday, January 29,
will look at White Nationalism and Domestic Terrorism in America. At
Thursday evening’s sold-out Gala Dinner, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Elena Kagan will receive the Gold Medal, NYSBA’s highest honor, and participate
in a fireside-style chat with Prof. John Barrett of St. John’s University
School of Law.
Other featured speakers at the Annual Meeting
include New York State Attorney General Letitia James, the first African
American and the first woman elected to that office; Janet DiFiore, chief judge
of the New York State Court of Appeals; and Craig Boise, dean of Syracuse
University College of Law.
For more information on
NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, click here.
About the New York
State Bar Association
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association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development
of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and
championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our
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