On behalf of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, we welcome and thank you for being a part of our Award Ceremony and Reception Recognizing People of Color in the Legal Profession. This year, we are presenting the Second Annual Peter M. Pryor Pioneer Award to Judge Michael Garcia, an accomplished attorney and former federal prosecutor who was recently appointed to the New York Court of Appeals. We gather to celebrate this accomplishment and celebrate this appointment.
The Peter M. Pryor Pioneer award was established to recognize Mr. Pryor’s contributions as a leader and as an African American attorney willing to take on the controversial issues of his day. We are happy to welcome Judge Garcia and many of his colleagues from the Court of Appeals who join us this evening.
We would like to recognize the contributions of the New York State Bar Association and especially Mark Wilson and Bridget Donlon and thank them for their ongoing support of the CDBHBA and their assistance in hosting this event. I would also like to thank the CDBHBA board for their ongoing contributions and the support of their law firms, many of whom are sponsors of this event.
Patricia L. R. Rodriguez