(Marty Kerins Jr.)

New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee, right, presents the 2014 Root-Stimson Award to Thomas Beecher Jr. at the association’s summer meeting on June 21 at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Beecher, counsel for Philips Lytle in Buffalo, was honored for what Lau-Kee called his “effective leadership and devotion to his community.” In addition to his efforts to revitalize downtown Buffalo, Beecher is chairman emeritus of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and co-founder of the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to low-income students attending private elementary schools. He is a graduate of the State University of New York’s Buffalo Law School.