Awards

DA Soares has had the honor to be awarded with several public commendations, as well as having the privilege of speaking on several important legal panels throughout his tenure as District Attorney.  Some examples of note:

  • Top Ten Animal Defender of 2015 from the National Animal Legal Defense Fund.
  • The Whitney M. Young Community Partner Award, 2016
  • United Tenants of Albany, June 16, 2004
  • United Front Youth Organization, August 31, 2004
  • Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition – Jobs with Justice Community Award, February 10, 2005
  • NYS Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Chairman’s Award, February 20, 2005
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, June 11, 2005
  • Keynote Speaker at NAACP Saratoga County, October 26, 2005
  • United Parents in Support of Our Children, June 18, 2005
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, December 9, 2005
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., March 11, 2006
  • Key to Success, Key Supporter Award, July 2006
  • Working Families 2007 Champion for Justice Award, April 25, 2007
  • Community Cradle Award, May 3, 2007
  • CamerLook, Cameroon Association of the Capital District Community Service Award, May 19, 2007
  • Arson Prosecutor of the Year, November 4, 2007
  • Prisoners Legal Services, November 15, 2007
  • Jewish War Veterans of the United States, December 2, 2007
  • Youth Law Day, Albany Law School, April 21, 2008
  • City of Schenectady, May 10, 2008
  • University at Albany, October 23, 2008
  • Green Island Democratic Association, October 30, 2008
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Trailblazer Award, November 8, 2008
  • Schenectady NAACP, Hazel Dukes Human Rights Award, 2008
  • Federal Executives Association of North Eastern New York, February 24, 2009
  • Albany Parent Teacher Association, Honorary Life Service Award, February 27, 2009
  • Community Advocate for Change Award, IOOV Albany, July 9, 2011
  • Community Caregivers Public Service Award, November 19, 2011
  • United Auto Workers (UAW) Social Justice Award, January 13, 2012
  • Master of Ceremonies, NYS Annual Crime Victims Memorial Brick Ceremony, April 20, 2012
  • Albany County Stop DWI Drugged Driving Speaker, March 14, 2013
  • Black and Latino “Adult Achievers” Award from the Capital District YMCA on June 4, 2013
  • Presenter at Boys and Girls Club of Albany Youth of the Year Awards, July 9, 2013
  • Boys and Girls Club of Albany, Community Leader of the Year, November 8, 2013
  • Ministry of Justice Conference Speaker, Cape Verde, West Africa, January 13, 2014
  • Award Presentations “Safe Summer Poster Contest” Cohoes, NY September 23, 2014
  • Whitney M. Young Community Partner Award, September 25, 2014
  • Board of Directors, New York State Prosecutors Training Institute, January 2015
  • Humane Leadership Award, Top 10 Animal Defender, Animal Legal Defense Fund, February 23, 2015
  • Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Series Panelist, April 7, 2015
  • Master of Ceremonies, NYS Annual Crime Victims Memorial Brick Ceremony, June 11, 2015
  • NYQUIST Leadership Series, WMHT, October 7, 2015
  • Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, Founding Member and Conference with President Barack Obama, Washington DC, October 21, 2015
  • GIVE Procedural Justice Symposium, Saratoga Springs, Monday November 9, 2015
  • District Attorney’s Association Winter Conference, Accepted Role of 1st Vice President, District Attorneys Association of the State of New York January 20, 2016
  • Prosecutorial Discretion in the Face of Reform, Keynote speaker, Harvard University Law School, February 8, 2016