The New York State Bar Association honored Piermont’s S. Hazard Gillespie yesterday for his extraordinary accomplishment on behalf of the legal profession and the public. A small ceremony was held in Manhattan on the week Gillespie turned 100. His birthday was July. 12.
Gillespie has served as a U.S. attorney, president of the New York State Bar Association, and senior counsel to Davis Polk & Wardell, where he still does pro bono work, crossing the Tappan Zee bridge every day.
Gillespie was awarded the 2010 Gold Medal, the state bar’s highest honor.
“S. Hazard Gillespie is a lion of the legal profession and one of our most beloved and respected past presidents. As State Bar president, as U.S. Attorney and as one of the sharpest minds in our profession, Mr. Gillespie has been a role model for generations of attorneys, teaching us all what it means to be a leader and a mentor,” said state bar president Stephen P. Younger. “On behalf of the State Bar Association, I proudly express our sincere appreciation to Mr. Gillespie for his many years of dedicated service to the Bar, to the legal profession and to the community. We wish him the happiest of birthdays.”
Gillespie has worked in the legal profession for 75 years.