Albany Law School honored Edward P. Swyer with the 2008 Trustees Gold Medal, the highest accolade awarded annually to an individual with a record of exemplary support and dedication to the advancement of the school. Swyer is president and CEO of The Swyer Companies, Inc., which owns and manages commercial developments throughout the Capital Region.
Among Swyer's notable contributions to Albany Law School is the Lewis A. Swyer Academic Success Program, which provides workshops for first-year law students requiring additional academic support. The program has benefited thousands of students since its inception in 1990. He has also contributed generously to the Domestic Violence Clinic, which provides legal representation to victims of family violence who would not otherwise receive services, and serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council.
The award was conferred at the Barrister Society Soiree at the law school on Sept. 27. Since 1966, the Trustees Gold Medal has been awarded to more than 60 alumni and friends of Albany Law School. Past recipients of the award include Hon. Judith S. Kaye, E. Stewart Jones and Hon. Thomas M. Whalen.