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NOBC 2016 President’s Award

The National Organization of Bar Counsel is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award will be David D. Curtin, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Rhode Island Supreme Court. The annual award will be presented at the NOBC® Mid-Year Meeting in San Diego, during the President’s Reception on February 3, 2016.

The National Organization of Bar Counsel is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award will be David D. Curtin, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Rhode Island Supreme Court. The annual award will be presented at the NOBC® Mid-Year Meeting in San Diego, during the President’s Reception on February 3, 2016.

The reasons for honoring Dave are countless. He has been an inestimable resource in the field of lawyer regulation, providing practical solutions to our complex and serious challenges. Whether commenting on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, evaluating an allocation-of-resources issue, or simply serving as a “reality check,” Dave’s presence and participation in NOBC discourse has consistently provided us with a treasured perspective and valued guidance. I can attest that his advice and counsel always comes with a dose of humor, which serves as a welcome counterweight to the atmosphere of solemnity and pomposity that can sometimes infiltrate the serious business of professional discipline. 

Rather than recount Dave’s impressive list of achievements here, his own NOBC autobiographic blurb will speak for itself: 

David D. Curtin is a modest man, and with good reason. He is a 1984 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law (affectionately known as “Suffolk U” provided that one enunciates clearly.) He has previously been employed as a state prosecutor, a sole practitioner, and as a Deputy City solicitor for the City of Providence. He has been employed in the field of lawyer discipline since 1991, and has been Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Rhode Island Supreme Court since 1994. He has been an active participant in NOBC programs for several years, and is widely credited with restoring a sense of dignity and decorum to the Current Developments portion of the semiannual meetings.

Dave is too modest! He directed or served on the Current Developments Team from our Philadelphia Meeting in 2001 until the Orlando Meeting in 2010, and his legacy of setting the tone and providing leadership continues to this day. To put Dave’s longevity in this role in perspective, some comparisons are in order.  On average, a rookie in Major League Baseball can expect to play in the majors for 5.6 years.¹  In the National Football League, the Players Association calculates a career length at about 3.3 years.²And in the National Hockey League over half of all NHL players play fewer than 100 games during their career (Regular season in the NHL is 82 games) and for approximately 5 percent of players, their first NHL game is also their last.³

Many of our members have expressed the desire to speak at the President’s Reception when the award is presented.  Since time is limited, we will be unable to accommodate the entirety of this vast outpouring of sentiment during the award ceremony itself.  However, we invite any member to share written anecdotes, encomiums, and tributes, which will be compiled into a memory book and presented to Dave along with the President’s Award. Send your written material to Paul.Burgoyne@PaCourts.us. 

All seriousness aside, I want to reiterate that Dave’s contributions to NOBC are legion. But I’d be a thoughtless ingrate if I did not add that his efforts at keeping me sane and focused have redounded to the benefit of NOBC, PA ODC staff, and my family in ways that may never be known.

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¹ http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/sports/baseball/15careers.html?_r=0

² http://www.statista.com/statistics/240102/average-player-career-length-in-the-national-football-league/

³ http://www.quanthockey.com/Distributions/CareerLengthGP.php

Special mention to the crack NOBC writing and research staff, without whom there would neither be words nor proper sourcing.

 

PAUL J. BURGOYNE
President, National Organization of Bar Counsel
1601 Market Street, Suite 3320
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Office: 215-560-6296 

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