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THE NEW York State Bar Association hosted the 2018 Haywood Burns Award Ceremony and Symposium at CUNY School of Law in Long Island City on Nov. 28. The event recognizes the work of individuals who have contributed to New York state while upholding the ideals of former CUNY Law Dean Haywood Burns. Esmeralda Simmons (third from left), the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, was presented with the Haywood Burns Memorial Award, given by

NYSBA’s Committee on Civil Rights. Simmons is a prominent civil rights attorney who focuses on pro- tecting the rights of African descendants and the dis- enfranchised. Pictured from left: Cynthia Rountree, member of the Queens College senior administra- tio; Michael Miller, president, New York State Bar Association; Simmons; Matthew Alpern, committee chair, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services; Hanna Madbak, principal at SiberLaw; and entertainment attorney Robert Seidenberg.