AABANY congratulates its member Nelson Mar, a senior staff attorney and education
specialist at Bronx Legal Services, on receiving a Medal of Distinguished
Service from Binghamton University. He received the award at the 2017
Binghamton University Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards ceremony,
which was held on Thursday, March 30, at the Edison Ballroom at 240 W. 47th St., in Manhattan. 

The Medal recognizes Nelson’s tireless efforts in aiding
the development of the Binghamton community by providing extensive assistance
on career-related matters to both Harpur College of Arts and Sciences students
and alumni. Examples of his efforts include the hosting of an internship
program, participation in networking events, and involvement with Harpur’s
Asian and Asian American Alumni Council. The Medal also honors Nelson’s career
endeavors as a prominent figure in the field of education
law, in particular for his lead role in TH et. al. v. Farina et. al, a case which ended the disturbing practice of NYC
public school teachers and administrators sending students to the emergency
room for disruptive behavior. 

Nelson has served in the past as chair of the Education Law Committee with the New York County Lawyer’s
Association, and as a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School Climate
Leadership Team. In addition to maintaining his practice in education law and
Social Security disability law, Nelson now serves as coordinator for the Legal
Services citywide Education Law Task Force.

“I’m humbled to have been recognized by the Binghamton University alumni association with this award,” says Nelson. “The opportunities that were made available to me at Binghamton helped shape the person and the lawyer that I am today. So to be able to give back to the university and to provide some opportunities to help encourage future lawyers to pursue a career in social justice has been an honor unto itself.”

Please join us in congratulating Nelson on this wonderful recognition. We are proud to count you as an AABANY member!

(Thanks to AABANY member Kevin Hsi for the photos.)