Award Overview

Awards Ceremony: 10/21/2020 at 4pm

The Awards Celebration will take place immediately following the CLE Program that begins at 4pm on October 21st. Diversity and Inclusion In the Legal Profession offers 1.0 MCLE in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias and is a free program for NYSBA Members

The inaugural Trial Lawyers Section Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award is presented to a Trial Attorney who has made extraordinary efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Congratulations to Tricia Prettypaul, winner of the 1st Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vanguard Award.


About the Winner

Tricia Prettypaul

Tricia Prettypaul is a staff attorney with The Travelers Companies. In her legal work, she is responsible for litigation, appeals, research, investigation reviews, writing briefs and motions, and for providing training to both the company clients and legal staff. She currently holds various leadership positions, including lead of the Regulatory Compliance Committee, the Appeals group, the Legal Services subcommittee on Innovation and Technology Communications, the Technology Resources subgroup, and past co-lead of the firm’s investigation team.
She is dedicated to philanthropy, volunteerism, and propelling diversity initiatives. She has organized events that raised funds supporting local organizations and garnered the participation of multiple business lines to volunteer for events to fund the grants. She is chair of Travelers’ NYC Diversity Committee, and lead of the NYC Pride Diversity Network. In her chair role she is responsible for planning, programming and creating presentations on diversity initiatives. In the past year, she has received the Legal Services’ Diversity in Action Award, and has twice received the Claim Legal Diversity Award given quarterly.

Tricia’s long-term goal is to learn as much as possible from her roles, so she can pay-it-forward to the next generation of leaders. She was most recently a mentor to the firm’s summer associates, providing them with assignments and evaluations. She mentors’ students from her undergraduate alma mater, Fordham University and continues to work with the school’s CSTEP program helping minority and economically disadvantaged undergraduate scholars prepare for careers in fields in which they are underrepresented. She also works with Posse and Junior Achievement to elevate young scholars in their pursuit of education.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. and an officer of the Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. Foundation. In these roles, she has the opportunity to influence the lives of young women and offer advice during organizational growth.

Tricia graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Fordham University, Omicron Delta Epsilon and obtained her law degree from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the NYSBA, and a Committee member of LGBT & the Law and member of the NYSBA Task Force on Attorney Well Being.

She lives with her wife Stephanie, in Valley Stream, New York.

2020 Award Presentation

The inaugural Awards Celebration will take place at 4pm on October 21st, immediately following the CLE Program, Diversity and Inclusion In the Legal Profession. This program offers 1.0 MCLE in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias and is a free program for NYSBA Members

Keynote Speakers

Presiding Justice Elizabeth A. Garry

16th Presiding Justice on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department

The Honorable Elizabeth A. Garry was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as the 16th Presiding Justice of the Third Department on January 1, 2018. She was elected Supreme Court Justice for the Sixth Judicial District in 2006 and appointed to the Third Department effective March 19, 2009.

Judge Garry

Presiding Justice Garry graduated from Alfred University and Albany Law School, with honors. She began her legal career as Confidential Law Clerk to the Honorable Irad S. Ingraham, Justice of the Supreme Court, from 1990 to 1994. Presiding Justice Garry subsequently engaged in private practice with the Joyce Law Firm in Central New York and served on the Planning Board for the Town of New Berlin in Chenango County. She was elected as Town Justice in the Town of New Berlin in 2001 and reelected to a second term in 2005.

Presiding Justice Garry is a past Co-Chair and current Commissioner of the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York Courts. She has served on various boards and professional associations, including the International Association of LGBTQ Judges, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, the NYSBA Special Committee on LGBT People and the Law, Albany Law School’s National Alumni Association Board, the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the Third Department CLE Committee and the Association of Justices of Supreme Court of New York State. Presiding Justice Garry is also a founding member of the Del-Chen-O Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

Associate Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department

Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels was born in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and is a product of the New York City public schools. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1985. Justice Manzanet-Daniels is a graduate from Hofstra University School of Law, Class of 1988, where she attended on a full scholarship. While at Hofstra Law School, she founded and served as the first President of the Latino Law Students Association in 1987-1988. As an alumna, Judge Manzanet-Daniels co-founded and served as the first chair of the Lalsa Alumni Scholarship Fund, which continues to raise thousands of dollars for aspiring Latino law students.

Judge Manzanet

In 1988, Justice Manzanet-Daniels began her legal career with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx as a criminal defense trial attorney. Thereafter, Judge Manzanet-Daniels served as Principal Law Clerk for three years respectively to both Justice Frank Torres in Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Term, and to Justice Luis A. Gonzalez, Administrative Judge for the 12th Judicial District.

In November 1999, Sallie Manzanet-Daniels was elected as Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, Bronx County. In November 2001, Judge Manzanet-Daniels was elected and received a Gubernatorial Citation for becoming, at the age of 37, the youngest Justice of Hispanic Heritage ever elected to the New York State Supreme Court.
In October 2009, Governor David Paterson appointed Justice Manzanet-Daniels to the Appellate Division, First Department, thereby making her the first Latina justice in the history of New York State to serve on this Court. Since her Supreme Court election, she has been recognized numerous times for her judicial excellence, Most recently, she was asked in 2015 to serve as the commencement speaker at her alma mater, and was bestowed a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Her life has been marked by activism and leadership, in her community and during her academic and professional life. Throughout her career Judge Manzanet-Daniels has mentored many students of all ages and walks of life. Community service has always been one of her greatest passions, and includes organizations focusing on the elderly, the arts, and a myriad of community, bar and professional organizations servicing all spheres of public life. Justice Manzanet-Daniels has served on the boards of both the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Latino Judges Association, and is a member of many other bar associations.

Last, but certainly not least, Judge Manzanet-Daniels is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters, Taina (born to her) and Toure & Asha (her blessings through marriage) and since 2006 has been married to New York’s former Secretary of State, Randy A. Daniels.

Presentation of the Award:

Betty Lugo, Esq., Chair | Chair, Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association

Program Co-Chairs

Angélicque Moreno

Angélicque Moreno has been principal and partner at Avanzino & Moreno since 2008 in Brooklyn, NY. She focuses her practice on labor law and construction accidents, product liability, premises liability, negligent security, civil rights violation and automotive cases. She has honed her trial skills at several firms throughout New York and has successfully overseen hundreds of cases from their inception up to and including trial throughout her career.

Angelicque Moreno

Her understanding of the profound impact that accidents have upon individuals and their families, and her ability to translate legal concepts of fault and damages to a jury in “everyday” terms have allowed her to achieve substantial results for victims suffering from life altering injuries. To her credit, she has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Ms. Moreno received a B.A. from Binghamton University in 1990 and a J.D. and from Northeastern University School of Law in 1993. She is very active in the legal community, most recently as President of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (2019-2020) and sits on the Academy’s Judicial Screening Committee since 2014. She is also active in the leadership of the New York State Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, and the New York City Trial Lawyers’ Alliance.

She has lectured frequently on a variety of topics for the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers, and has contributed to the Annual Update series for over ten years as a presenter and in recent years as co-author of the Labor Law section.

Bill Friedlander

Bill Friedlander

Bill Friedlander currently serves as Vice Chair of the Trial Lawyer Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is also a member of the NYSBA Task Force for Nursing Home and Long Term Care. He is a charter member of the American Association for Justice President’s Club, and has served as past Chair of the Small Firm Solo Practitioner and Family Law sections of the American Association for Justice. He has also Chaired the Firearms and Ammunition Litigation Group and the School Violence Litigation Group.

Bill is a founder and former member of the Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Trial Lawyers and former member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is a past President of his local Bar Association.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Nursing Home Litigation Group, which he helped form in 2005. He has published many articles in national legal magazines and has lectured throughout the United States on numerous legal topics.