STATE BAR RESPONDS TO FATAL SHOOTING IN
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.
Bernice Leber (Arent Fox LLP), President of the New York State Bar
Association, said, “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to
all those lives have been shattered by this senseless and violent
tragedy. During this kind of crisis, the lawyers of the State Bar
have responded time and again, to those in need of our help, to provide
guidance and comfort to those who have to face personal
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).
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876,
the Association’s programs and activities have continuously served
the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.
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