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June 19, 2012

Solo Lawyer Rosner Receives 2012 ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award

Seth Rosner

Seth Rosner

Seth Rosner, a solo practitioner concentrating on business and corporate law and ethics and professional conduct in Saratoga Springs, N .Y. is the recipient of 2012 ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award.  He was formerly a partner at Rosner, Rosner & McEvoy, senior partner at Marchi Jaffe Cohen Crystal Rosner & Katz, and counsel at Jacobs Persinger & Parker, all in New York City. He has served the _, the New York State Bar Association, the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyers Association for nearly 50 years on efforts to improve legal and judicial ethics and regulation.

Rosner’s ABA leadership has included service as a member of the ABA House of Delegates intermittently since 1967 and  in numerous capacitates on many ABA entities including the Board of Governors, Standing Committees on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Lawyer Competence, Professionalism, Professionalism, Legal Aid to Indigent Defendants, and Judicial Independence; the Editorial Board of the Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct; the Commission on Evaluation of the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct; the Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000); the Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice; the National Conference of Lawyers and CPA’s; the Coordinating Council of the Center for Professional Responsibility; the General Practice Section; and the Stanley Commission on Professionalism and its successor Special Committee on Professionalism.

A life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Rosner is currently vice-chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division. He is also a founding director and past  president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers and a life member of the American Law Institute. In 2010 Seth Rosner established the ABA Rosner & Rosner Justice Fund and the Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award in honor and in memory of his partners, Oscar S. Rosner, his father, and Jonathan L. Rosner, his brother. The annual award honors young lawyer commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection and professional regulation.

The Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award brings deserved attention to individuals whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers.  It is administered by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.