NACDL News: NACDL Past President and Foundation for Criminal Justice Secretary Bruce M. Lyons Receives Harry Gulkin Award
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
On Feb. 5, 2015 NACDL Past President Bruce M. Lyons received the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (BACDL) Harry Gulkin Award. Lyons has been a member of BACDL since its founding. The award was presented at the BACDL Annual Installation Dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Gulkin Award is a significant honor given each year to “a member of the bar who embodies integrity, gentility, and is a lawyer of the highest quality.”
The 1997 recipient of NACDL’s Robert C. Heeney Award, Lyons served as president of NACDL (1986-87) and currently serves as secretary for the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). He has previously served the FCJ as both vice president and treasurer. And he is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. A nationally renowned lecturer and author on a variety of criminal law subjects, Lyons’ law practice is based in Fort Lauderdale, where he heads the Law Offices of Bruce M. Lyons.
“I am proud and fortunate to say I have known and worked with Bruce for more than 30 years and share in the widely held belief that he is the model of a criminal defense lawyer. His commitment to his clients, the Constitution, and the calling that criminal defense work is noble and necessary is unsurpassed,” NACDL President Theodore Simon said.
NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer said, “Consistent with his last name, Bruce is a lion of the profession — a fierce defender of the rights of the accused and a tenacious advocate. The FCJ and NACDL salute him on this splendid and well-deserved award.”