The Hon. George Bundy Smith, a partner in the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, received the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in February in Los Angeles.
After serving for 14 years as an associate judge on the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, Judge Smith joined Chadbourne in December 2006 as a partner in the litigation practice, with a focus on appeals and arbitration.
Judge Smith's judicial service began in May 1975, when he was named to the Civil Court of New York City. He then served as a justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, an associate justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department after which he was appointed to the Court of Appeals.
First as a student and then a young lawyer, Judge Smith labored to advance the cause of civil rights. In 1961, he joined other students in the freedom rides to Montgomery, Alabama.