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February 25, 2019

Stroock Press Release

New York, February 25, 2019 — Stroock litigation and government affairs special counsel Jerry Goldfeder has been awarded a Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award by the Burton Awards, a nonprofit program associated with the Library of Congress. This is the fifth year that a Stroock lawyer has won this prestigious award.

Jerry’s article, “Shouldn’t It Be Up to the Voters?” was selected out of nominations submitted by the nation’s largest 1,000 law firms.

In the winning article, which was published in the New York Law Journal in March 2018, Jerry looks at the November 2017 election of Mohamed Albanna to the Lackawanna City Council. One of New York’s smaller cities (pop. 18,141, according to the 2010 census), Lackawanna is just south of Buffalo, near Lake Erie. Albanna’s election was immediately certified by the local board of elections, and he was due to take his oath of office on Jan. 1, 2018. In late December, however, the New York Supreme Court in Erie County found him ineligible and removed him.

Based in Stroock’s New York office, Jerry has maintained an election law practice for over 30 years, representing a variety of high-profile candidates and elected officials. Jerry teaches election law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fordham Law School and regularly co-authors the NYLJ column Government and Election Law, in which “Shouldn’t It Be Up to the Voters?” appears.

The award, which is presented by Law360 and the American Bar Association, will be presented at a ceremony at the Library of Congress on May 20, 2019, that will feature a reception, dinner, gala and a performance by a winner of America’s Got Talent and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel.
The Burton Awards were established in 1999 to honor the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation and lifetime achievements in the profession.