On behalf of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, we welcome and thank you for being a part of our inaugural Peter M. Pryor Pioneer Award, recognizing the accomplishments of Peter Pryor and President Penelope Andrews, the first African American woman Dean and President of Albany Law School. I would Like to thank the CDBHBA board, especially First Vice President Ricja Rice and Secretary Clotelle Drakeford, for their contributions to this event. We would like to recognize the contributions of the New York State Bar Associationand especially Mark Wilson and CDBHBA board member Gloria Herron Arthur and thank them for their ongoing support of the CDBHBA and their assistance in hosting this event.
The contributions of people like Peter M. Pryor, who was a leader as an African American attorney willing to take on the controversial issues of his day, must be recognized and celebrated. That is why the CDBHBA decided to create the Peter Pryor Pioneer award, in recognition of those Pioneering efforts. The first recipient of this award is Penelope Andrews, who is a pioneer in her role at Albany Law School. We gather to celebrate their accomplishments and to thank them for their service.
Patricia L. R. Rodriguez