J5946

Honoring John Richard Dunne on his designation as recipient of the Champion of Justice Award

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J5946


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring John Richard Dunne upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the Prisoners' Legal Services of New
York's inaugural Champion of Justice Award on October 24, 2014

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to honor and recog-
nize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advance-
ment of civil and human rights and have distinguished themselves in
their dedication and commitment to their community, to New York State,
and to their country; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to acknowledge the significant
milestones achieved throughout the career of this outstanding leader
whose achievements and advocacy have been instrumental in helping ensure
that the civil rights of all individuals, including those incarcerated
in New York State's prisons, are protected and enforced; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor
John Richard Dunne upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the Prisoners' Legal Services of New York's inaugural Champion of
Justice Award at its Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 24,
2014; and
WHEREAS, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York is naming the Champion
of Justice Award in honor of John R. Dunne in recognition and appreci-
ation of his significant contributions to the betterment of our criminal
justice system and the treatment of indigent New Yorkers; and
WHEREAS, The 'Champion of Justice' Award shall be the highest award
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York bestows; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne is a New York attorney who currently serves as
senior partner at the Albany law firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna;
he served as the Assistant United States Attorney General for the Civil
Rights Division under President George H.W. Bush for four years from
1990-1994; he also served as a member of the New York Senate from the
6th District for 23 years from 1966 to 1989; and
WHEREAS, As a New York State Senator, John R. Dunne, as Chairman of
the Senate Corrections Committee, was a major figure seeking to quell
tensions during the 1971 Attica uprising during which he, together with
others, including NEW YORK TIMES editor Tom Wicker and Assemblyman
Arthur Eve, negotiated with the prisoners; and
WHEREAS, As an original sponsor of the Rockefeller drug laws, John R.
Dunne subsequently argued for major changes in New York's drug laws
which were ultimately enacted into law; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne has served on the Board of Directors of Prison-
ers' Legal Services of New York for over two decades and has worked to
ensure the provision of high quality, effective legal representation and
assistance to indigent prisoners to help them secure their civil and
human rights and has advocated for more humane prisons and for a more
humane criminal justice system; and
WHEREAS, As a member of the Board of Directors of Prisoners' Legal
Services of New York, John R. Dunne has, on several occasions, presented
testimony at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearings on Public Protection
conducted by the Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Commit-
tees in support of the work of Prisoners' Legal Services of New York as
a vital and cost effective component of New York State's public
protection efforts by helping to reduce tension in prisons and increas-
ing the likelihood that prisoners will be able to successfully reinte-
grate into society when they are released; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne has been recognized several times for his
contributions to the law in New York State, earning him the New York

State Bar Association's Gold Medal Award in 2006, among other awards;
and
WHEREAS, The New York Bar Foundation named its fund for legal services
for indigent persons after John R. Dunne; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne, in 2004, was appointed by then Chief Judge
Judith Kaye to serve on her Commission on the Future of Indigent Legal
Services and so served from 2004--2006 during which time the Commission
issued a report regarding the State's constitutional and statutory obli-
gation to protect the rights of the indigent accused; and
WHEREAS, In 2006, John R. Dunne was appointed Chairman of a task force
charged with reforming the State's probation system; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne also sits on the Board of Directors of the New
York State Office of Indigent Legal Services whose mission it is to
monitor, study and make efforts to improve the quality of legal services
provided to the indigent accused; and
WHEREAS, John R. Dunne graduated from Georgetown University in 1951
and earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1954; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout his life have been his wife, Denise, and
his four children and several grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged
to be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when indi-
viduals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor John Richard Dunne upon the occasion of his designation as recipi-
ent of the Prisoners' Legal Services of New York's inaugural Champion of
Justice Award on October 24, 2014; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Prisoners' Legal Services of New York to be presented to John
R. Dunne at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Prisoners' Legal
Services to be held on October 24, 2014.

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  • 13 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Jun / 2014
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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