Fordham Law Alumnus and Son Honored By NY State Bar AssociationApril 28, 2010
Norman Lau Kee '55 and his son, Glenn Lau-Kee, were named recipients of the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award by the New York State Bar Association. The annual award recognizes lawyers who demonstrate commitment to legal excellence, community, and mentoring. The award, presented by the State Bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, honored the father and son for their outstanding record of public service and their dedication to providing New York City’s Chinatown community with exceptional legal services.
After graduating from Fordham Law, Norman Lau Kee founded the family law firm Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC, and, in so doing, became the third Chinese-American lawyer to practice in Chinatown. The Lau Kee family has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community, including helping found Chinatown’s YMCA in the 1970s and the US-Asia Institute in 1979. Norman Lau Kee is a recipient of the Greater New York City YMCA Order of the Red Triangle. He is a former chairman of the Federal Advisory Commission to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
“Norman Lau Kee and Glenn Lau-Kee have made a real difference for Asian Americans and the legal profession as a whole with trailblazing leadership, a deep commitment to the public good, and a distinguished record of excellence,” said Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair Vincent J. Syracuse. “In the spirit of the Honorable George Bundy Smith, we are pleased to honor their contributions to our profession and the entire community.”
Glenn Lau-Kee joined his father’s law practice in 1977 after serving as an associate at Coudert Brothers. A graduate of Yale College and Boston University Law School, he is a leader in the New York’s legal community, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the State Bar, the Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation, and the Fund for Modern Courts.
Both father and son have served as commissioners on the New York City Human Rights Commission: Norman from 1969-1973, and Glenn from 1984-1990.
Past recipients of the Hon. George Bundy Smith award include Elaine R. Jones, Esq., the president and director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP - Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Cesar A. Perales, Esq., president and general counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund; and, in its inaugural year, Judge Smith himself.