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NACDL News: FCJ President Gerald B. Lefcourt Recognized With Norman S. Ostrow Award
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
The New York Council of Defense Lawyers honored Gerald Lefcourt on March 8 with the 2013 Norman S. Ostrow Award at a special luncheon in his honor at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The Ostrow Award is conferred in memory of an outstanding defense lawyer, Norman S. Ostrow, who was one of the founding members of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to “the defense of liberty and the preservation of human rights.” Lefcourt is the current president of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) and served as NACDL president for the 1997-98 term.
Upon receiving the award, Lefcourt had this to say: “When we stand with the accused, we defend the rights of all of us. What we do every day as a lawyer in the courtroom is a constitutional duty. What we do to reform our criminal justice system is a civic duty.”
Leaders in the criminal defense field had nothing but praise for Lefcourt. “I can think of no more deserving recipient to be honored with this award than Gerald Lefcourt,” said Alan R. Kaufman, president of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York. Steven D. Benjamin, NACDL president, described Lefcourt as “a tireless and courageous fighter” for freedom, equality, and justice. “Gerald Lefcourt is the complete lawyer,” added Barry C. Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project and past president of NACDL.