Honoring David Schraver and Jerry Wein upon the occasion of their designation as recipients of the Leadership Awards

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring David M. Schraver and Jerry Wein upon
the occasion of their designation as recipients of the Empire Justice
Center's 2013 Leadership Awards

WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge those exemplary individuals whose purposeful lives
and distinguished careers have been committed to bettering the quality
of life in this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
David Schraver and Jerry Wein upon the occasion of their designation as
recipients of the 2013 Leadership Awards by the Empire Justice Center
with a celebration held at the Rochester Plaza on May 23, 2013; and
WHEREAS, This auspicious award is given to individuals who have made
significant contributions to the Empire Justice Center and to the
advancement of access to justice for all New Yorkers; and
WHEREAS, Empire Justice is a statewide organization with offices in
Rochester, Albany, White Plains and Central Islip; its mission is to
protect and strengthen the legal rights of people in New York who are
poor, disabled, or disenfranchised; and
WHEREAS, Empire Justice successfully pursues its mission by providing
training, support and technical assistance to legal services; undertak-
ing policy analysis and research; and offering legal assistance to those
in need; and
WHEREAS, David M. Schraver is a business litigation partner at Nixon
Peabody LLP, a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a magna cum
laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, who, prior to
joining Nixon Peabody's predecessor firm, Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle,
was on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's
Corps; and
WHEREAS, David M. Schraver joined the Board of Directors of the
Empire Justice Center in 2010 because of his interest in and commitment
to providing access to justice for all and his conviction that the work
of the Empire Justice Center is an extremely important part of meeting
the needs of New Yorkers who need these services most; and
WHEREAS, He stepped down from the Empire Justice Board when he was
nominated to become President of the New York State Bar Association in
November of 2011, and now stands ready to assume that Presidency effec-
tive June 1, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Jerry Wein became a staff attorney at Empire Justice Center's
predecessor organization, the Greater Upstate Law Project, in 1978, and
became the organization's Training Director and served as the Associate
Director; and
WHEREAS, Jerry Wein organized an innovative statewide training consor-
tium that developed and delivered training to legal services attorneys,
paralegals and support staff, and became part of the design teams that
developed national training programs for the federal Legal Services
Corporation in lawyering and supervision skills; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Wein teaches supervision and management skills, consults
with organizations in areas including diversity management, organiza-
tional assessment and strategic planning, and is currently consulting
with the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham University School
of Law where he focuses on the Attorney Emeritus Program, an initiative
of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, to encourage lawyers over the age of 55
to provide pro bono legal services; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-

tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor David M. Schraver and Jerry Wein upon the occasion of their desig-
nation as recipients of the Empire Justice Center's 2013 Leadership


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