On June 23rd, NECO was honored to attend the unveiling of a portrait of one of our good friends and long-time Board member, the Honorable Louis J. Freeh.
A graduate of the New York University of Law, Judge Freeh received his Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2002 in recognition of his service to our nation. He joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1975 and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. He later joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, ultimately being appointed as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District by President George H.W. Bush. It was in these very same chambers of the Southern District where Judge Freeh tried his most celebrated cases that Chief Judge Colleen McMahon presided over a special assembly to host the portrait unveiling. "Louis Freeh is and always has been a true servant of justice, and we are thrilled and proud to take this opportunity to recognize his many years of public service," Southern District Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said in a statement.
In 1993, President Clinton appointed Judge Freeh as the Fifth Director of the FBI, serving in this capacity until his retirement in early 2001. He currently serves as an advisor to Millennium Partners, L.P. and serves on the board of the Max Planck Florida Institute.
The unveiling was well attending with over 200 friends and family on-hand to congratulate Judge Freeh on this distinctive and prestigious honor. In addition to several work colleges and his former law clerks, his son Lt. Justin Freeh USN, gave a wonderful speech that not only congratulated his dad, but also gave touching praise to his mother, Marilyn, for her hard work and devotion to her family. Also in attendance was NECO Chairman Nsaser J. Kazeminy and his wife, Yvonne, who have known the Freeh family for decades. NECO Board member the Honorable Eugene Sullivan, a friend and colleague of Judge Freeh, was also in attendance.
More than 40 portraits have been donated to the court. Also, many judges have self-portraits that hang either in their chambers or their courtroom. The portrait of Freeh is on permanent loan from him. NECO is very proud to have been invited to share in the excitement of this honor. On behalf of the entire NECO family, we wish him, Marylin and their six boys our most heartfelt congraulations.
The Hon. Louis J. Freeh with Yvonne Kazeminy and NECO Chairman Nasser J. Kazeminy
Chairman Kazeminy and NECO Board member the Hon. Eugene Sullivan