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Special Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to Award Dewey Medals

Long before contemporary New York crimebusters-cum-politicians such as Rudolph Giuliani and Elliot Spitzer, there was a mustachioed young prosecutor who single-handedly drained the swamp of hack lawyers and Tammany Hall hustlers that constituted the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office from the late 1800s until the mid-1930s.

He was Thomas E. Dewey.

Now comes a medal in his name that will be awarded to a handful of assistant district attorneys who exemplify the ideals and accomplishments of the man …

Between now and Nov. 29, when five Dewey Medals will be awarded – one per borough – a special committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York is reviewing the secret nominations of 15 candidates, three each from the five district attorney’s offices.

The award is the brainchild of Daniel R. Alonso, chairman of the city bar’s Criminal Advocacy Committee and outgoing chief of the Criminal Division of the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office.

New York Law Journal
September 30, 2005