April 7, 2009
STATE BAR RESPONDS TO FATAL SHOOTING IN BINGHAMTON
Association’s Mass Disaster Response Committee Providing Assistance to Victims’ Family Members
In the wake of last Friday’s fatal shooting at the American
Civic Association in Binghamton, members of the New York State Bar
Association’s Mass Disaster Response Committee are working with
state and local authorities to provide legal assistance to the family
members of those who were killed in the incident. The committee
was established by the State Bar in 1997 to provide free, short-term
legal assistance to victims and their families in the immediate
aftermath of a disaster or other tragic event.
Members of the Committee have been volunteering at the family assistance center in Binghamton in order to provide important information to the families about their basic legal rights, as well as issues related to immigration, property matters, and other areas. The legal team, led by Maria Lisi-Murray and aided by Binghamton native and Immediate Past President of the Bar Association Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP), will remain at the center as needed to provide on-going assistance and counsel.
This year, members of the Mass Disaster Response Committee have also
provided assistance in the aftermath of other recent incidents including
the plane crashes in Buffalo and New York City (Hudson River).