The Champion

July 2007 , Page 43 

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Stalwarts in Defense of Liberty

By Norman L. Reimer

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Remarks Delivered Upon Receipt of the Robert Louis Cohen Award

It’s great to be home and back with my family — my New York Criminal Defense Bar family.

Thank you Barry Kamins for your eloquent, and overly generous, introductory remarks. You are an inspiration to our profession, perhaps the most revered criminal defense lawyer in New York state history and a friend and role model for all of us. Please join me in saluting New York City Bar President Barry Kamins for all that he does to elevate our profession.

I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary lawyer for whom this award is named — Robert Louis Cohen. Judge Cohen, you are universally considered one of the nicest, most decent and caring persons ever to don the robes of justice. To receive an award named in your honor is a spiritual spark. I pledge to redouble my efforts to serve the defense bar. The only comparable honor is to be recognized on the same program as the legendary Jack Weinstein — perhaps the

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