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VOL. 23, NO. 2September 12, 1997

Murray and Frankel Win Law's Wien Prize for Social Responsibility

By John Kelly

Columbia Law School honored two of its graduates when it conferred the 1997 Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility at a ceremony on Aug. 27.

  Kay Crawford Murray, general counsel at the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, and Marvin E. Frankel, a member of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel and a former federal district judge and Columbia Law professor, received this year's awards.

  "Kay and Marvin are prime examples of lawyers who have led varied careers and whose work in law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations has aimed to serve the public good. They are examples not only for the profession, but for law students today who are formulating ideas about their careers and practice," said David Leebron, dean of Columbia Law School, who presented the award with Columbia University Secretary R. Keith Walton.

  As general counsel to the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice since its establishment in 1979, Murray has been the chief legal officer for an agency that provides pretrial detention, aftercare, and prevention services for youth charged with crimes. She is currently a vice-president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and for the past 10 years has served on the Character and Fitness Committee of the First Judicial Department. She received her J.D. from Columbia in 1976 and an M.A. in psychology from T.C. in 1958.

  Frankel, who was as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review when he graduated in 1948, has served as assistant to the solicitor general, arguing a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. After practicing general civil litigation for many years, he joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where he taught legal method, administrative law, and appellate advocacy. During that period, he also served as director of the civil rights institute for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and a consultant for the law page of Time magazine. He was a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York between 1965-78.

  Wien, a 1927 graduate of the Law School who died in 1988, was a strong proponent of corporate and individual philanthropy. The Lawrence A. Wien Prize in Corporate Social Responsibility was established in 1982 to heighten awareness of his philosophy of the social responsibility of corporations. In 1996, the award was redefined and renamed to honor individual attorneys like Wien, who excel in their profession but give back to society through public interest causes and who inspire law students to work for the public good throughout their careers.