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Tenth Annual Dewey Medals Presented

On December 2nd, the New York City Bar Association held its tenth annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation, honoring an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s offices and in the Office of the City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor. The recipients were: Mark J. Hale, Kings County; Cari Ferreiro, Bronx County; Karen H. Rankin, Queens County; Edward Starishevsky, New York County; David Frey, Richmond County; and Clark Abrams, Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

Dewey Awards
Bottom row: Mark J. Hale; Cari Ferreiro; Karen H. Rankin; Edward Starishevsky; David Frey; Clark Abrams. Top row: Thomas E.L. Dewey; Debra L. Raskin; James M. McGuire.

The featured speaker at the presentation was James M. McGuire, Dechert LLP; former Associate Justice, New York State Appellate Division, First Department. Thomas E.L. Dewey, Chair of the Dewey Medal Committee, presented the medals, and City Bar President Debra L. Raskin introduced the proceedings.

Among prosecutors in New York County, Thomas E. Dewey is remembered as having ushered in the era in which the District Attorney’s office has been staffed by professional prosecutors chosen on merit rather than through political patronage. Dewey first came to the public’s attention as a prosecutor in the 1930s, instituting successful criminal proceedings against gangsters, bootleggers and organized crime figures of the day. By 1937, Dewey was elected District Attorney of New York County, where he served one term before resigning to run for governor. The awards are made possible by the generosity of the firm of Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP.