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Justice Samuel L. Green of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has been awarded the Tribune Society's Tribune Award for his judicial accomplishments and his status as a civic role model, officials of the statewide court employees group said Monday.

Green was honored as the first black to be named a New York State appellate judge outside of the New York City area and for his earlier work in both State Supreme Court and City Court, according to directors of the 22-year-old New York City-based organization.

Green, formerly one of Buffalo's top defense lawyers, became a City Court judge in 1973, a State Supreme Court justice in 1979 and was appointed to the Rochester-based Appellate Division of the state's Fourth Judicial Department in 1983.

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