The American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit goes to an attorney who has worked as a mentor to younger attorneys and who has high moral and ethical characteristics represented in his or her life and work.
In October 2023, Terry Connors, a distinguished partner at Connors LLP, was selected for this honor. This esteemed accolade is a testament to his outstanding commitment to mentoring budding legal professionals, cementing his status as a paragon of excellence in the legal community.
About the award
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Award is a highly coveted recognition within the legal community, and the selection of Terry is a testament to his dedication to nurturing the next generation of advocates.
About Mr. Connors
The Hn. Lawrence J. Vilardo, District Judge for the WD NY, nominated Mr. Connors for the accolade and was supported by scores of lawyers and judges. Judge Vilardo recognized that throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Connors has demonstrated an unswerving dedication to upholding the highest standards of integrity, ethics and professionalism. His commitment to mentoring and guiding young lawyers on their professional journey has been exemplary. He has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the profession.
Terry Connors’ approach to mentoring is about hands-on involvement and personal investment. His guidance extends beyond the confines of the courtroom. Terry is the Chair of the National Board of Directors for the Advocacy Institute at University of Buffalo Law School. The Institute prepares law students to be courtroom ready upon graduation.
The impact of Mr. Connors
The Second Circuit’s decision to confer this prestigious award upon Terry Connors underscores his remarkable contributions to the legal profession as a lawyer and a mentor. His dedication sets an example for both aspiring and established lawyers alike. It is a testament to his tireless efforts in shaping the legal landscape for the better.
Terry will be recognized on October 28 at the Supreme Court of the United States as the recipient of the Professionalism Award for the Second Circuit.