On April 27, 2017, United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian received the Distinguished Alumnus in Government Award from Albany Law School, from which he graduated in 1986. He received the award at the Alumni in Government Awards Luncheon, held by Albany Law School to celebrate outstanding commitment, accomplishments, and contributions in government and public service.
“As I come to the end of my tenure as United States Attorney, I feel honored and privileged to have returned to the place where my legal career started, Albany Law School, and to have received this award alongside incredibly accomplished alumni such as former Agriculture Secretary and Governor Tom Vilsack. I cherish my and my office’s connections to Albany Law School. The school sends several smart and talented interns to the U.S. Attorney’s Office each semester, and there are many proud Albany Law alumni among our Assistant U.S. Attorneys. I look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with Albany Law in the years ahead.”
Other alumni who received awards on April 27 were Thomas J. Vilsack, former United States Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of Iowa; Renee Zirpolo Merges of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office; and Kendra Jenkins Rubin, Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The award recipients are pictured above, together with Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s President & Dean.