2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
||The Honorable Bruce M. Balter|
The New York Division is pleased to honor Justice Bruce M. Balter for his service to the community.
A former special state prosecutor and assistant attorney general, Justice Balter holds the rank of colonel in the New York National Guard. In this capacity, he serves as the staff judge advocate for the state of New York’s armed forces and has assisted thousands of troops with wills and health care proxies before their overseas deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Justice Balter is a graduate of the New York FBI Citizens Academy and is the chairman of the surrogate court committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He has participated as a guest speaker in symposiums on homeland security in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and minority and faith-based communities. He routinely speaks to thousands of high school students throughout the city of New York about the importance of community involvement and racial and religious harmony.Justice Balter has served as acting administrative judge of the Kings County Supreme Court-Civil Term and as presiding justice of the Kings County Supreme Court-Criminal Term. Justice Balter has also served as judge of the Family Court of the state of New York and a judge of the Civil Court of the city of New York.