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W&L Law Alum Wins MLK Award

Andy Lark, a 1982 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, won a 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service’s Keeper of the Dream Award, in Summit, N.J., on Jan. 17.

The awards are given annually to Summit residents who honor the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Andy was one of four honorees.

He has a solo practice in New York as a trusts and estates attorney. With his wife, Kay, he instituted the MLK Day of Service, in 1999.

That event is one of many philanthropic and non-profit causes with which Andy is associated. He is executive director of the Bagby Foundation, an 80-year-old organization that aids elderly and infirm former musical artists of distinction, and co-trustee of the Cummings Memorial Fund, which supports organizations in New York City and northeastern New Jersey that provide social-welfare, education and health programs and services.

In addition, he has held numerous positions in local government, including six years on the Summit city council, with one year as council president, and nine years on the zoning board. He also chaired and co-chaired the local community action group Summit 2005 and its successor, Shaping Summit Together.