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Marilyn C. Kunstler, Esquire, to Receive 2011 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit

Reuters, 07.29.2011

Marilyn C. Kunstler, Esquire, to Receive 2011 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit

Marilyn C. Kunstler, Esquire, a prominent New York attorney, has been selected to receive the 2011 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit. Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Malinda Dunn, executive director of the American Inns of Court, will present the award on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York City.

Kunstler is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in New York City, where she concentrates on commercial and securities litigation, internal investigations, and corporate governance reviews. She mentors many young lawyers both inside and outside the firm, impressing partners and associates with her teaching and encouragement, and inspired one associate to write, "Marilyn's professionalism, grace, and deportment are the standard to which we strive, and her active involvement in the New York legal community reminds us, while we focus on the intricacies of commercial litigation, to remember the broader values and goals of legal practice."

Kunstler earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington and her law degree from Columbia Law School. Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the New York City Bar Association, she serves on the boards of the New York Fair Trial/Free Press Conference and the New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, Inc., where she helped create The Lawyer's Guide to Mentoring. She was a founding member of the New York State-Federal Judicial Council Advisory Group and co-chair from 2000 to 2007.

The Second Circuit Professionalism Award honors a quintessential mentor, recognizing a fundamental value of the profession to which the American Inns of Court is dedicated. The honoree is a senior lawyer who for a generation or more has taught, supervised, and mentored developing practitioners in government, private practice, or public service, by word and by example. He or she is a "lawyer's lawyer"-a master of the craft-whose life and work reflect civility, competence, and ethical behavior. The Second Circuit Award honors the unsung, unheralded mentor in New York, Connecticut, or Vermont whose recognition by peers in the legal profession is overdue. Candidates are drawn from open nominations and selected by a panel of representatives from both the circuit and the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization's membership includes more than 28,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 350 chapters nationwide and more than 85,000 alumni members. The Professionalism Awards are presented on a circuit basis nationwide. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters. More information is available at

American Inns of Court
Cindy Dennis
Awards & Scholarships Coordinator

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