The Interfaith Center of New York, a secular, nonprofit group that connects religious and civic leaders, will honor Arnold & Porter senior counsel Peter Zimroth with its James Parks Morton Interfaith Award on Thursday.
Zimroth, 71, served as New York City’s corporation counsel under Mayor Edward Koch from 1987 to 1989. In August, Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed him as a special monitor overseeing city reforms of stop-and-frisk policies.
The annual award is named for the center’s founder. For the past 12 years, it has been given to those who “exemplify an outstanding commitment to promoting human development and peace—values shared by the world’s great religious traditions,” the center wrote in an email to supporters.
Also being honored this year are former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; humanitarian Gaetana Enders, who died May 21; and Sri Swami Satchiadananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institute and an interfaith shrine in Virginia.
Past recipients include former President Bill Clinton, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
“I’m honored to be in such distinguished company and pleased to be recognized by an organization with such an important mission,” Zimroth said.
Zimroth is being honored for his “commitment to principles of equity reaching all different areas of society,” said Rev. Chloe Breyer, the Interfaith Center’s executive director. As corporation counsel, Zimroth spearheaded a city law providing for public financing of elections, allowing for increased diversity within the city’s political leadership. He is representing a group of Muslims in a New Jersey township that is trying to block a mosque. In January, he became director of the New York University School of Law’s Center on Civil Justice.
The award ceremony and dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel Midtown. Tickets can be purchased at interfaithcenter.org.