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October 5, 2009

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION'S FALL RADIO CAMPAIGN PROVIDES INFORMATION AND KEY RESOURCES TO HELP THE PUBLIC AVOID FORECLOSURE AND ELIMINATE DEBT

Campaign Also Calls on Attorneys to Continue the Proud Tradition of Volunteering for Pro Bono 

Continuing its work to help New Yorkers in difficult economic times, the New York State Bar Association today unveiled its newest statewide radio ad series to let the public know about information and the resources it has available to help people avoid mortgage foreclosure and obtain debt relief.  Narrated by State Bar President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City), the ad campaign will also promote the first-ever National Pro Bono Week, to be held October 25-31, by highlighting the legal profession's proud tradition of free assistance while encouraging attorneys to do even more to help those in need. 

"The economic downturn during the last year has without question hurt many New Yorkers," said Getnick. "These radio ads are designed to let the public know that help is out there - in many cases in the form of free legal assistance provided by the thousands of attorneys who volunteer pro bono services. The ads also alert the public to many of the State Bar Association's free resources, including a video presentation on our Web site that provides practical advice for homeowners facing foreclosure and our Lawyer Referral Service to recommend an attorney who can provide debt counseling."

The NCSA (Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements) spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association as part of an ongoing radio campaign designed to educate citizens about a wide variety of important legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers. The spots will run from October 5th through October 31st.  It is anticipated that the ads will air several thousand times on radio stations across the state throughout the four-week campaign. 

The scripts for the three radio ads are as follows:

Mortgage Foreclosure: 30-seconds:

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association. In neighborhoods across the nation, the American Dream of owning a home is jeopardized by the threat of foreclosure. If you are facing the loss of your home, we can help. Our Web site at nysba.org contains useful tips and practical steps that can help avoid foreclosure and save your most important investment.  Visit nysba.org for more information.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Financial Debt: 30-seconds:

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association.  These tough economic times have made us all tighten our belts. The bills start coming in faster than you can afford to pay them and the collection calls start to mount. You do not have to face these problems alone.  We can put you in touch with an attorney who can help guide you through a debt crisis.  For more information, visit our Web site at nysba.org.      

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

The Good We Do: 60-seconds:

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association.  The economic difficulties of the last year greatly increased the demand for free legal services.  Whether it is a homeowner facing the loss of a home or parents seeking health care for their children, lawyers are deeply committed to answering the call of those in need but cannot afford to pay.  Each year, our members provide thousands of hours of free legal services. But there are always opportunities to do more. This October 25th -31st, the State Bar will participate in the first ever National Pro Bono Week, a celebration highlighting the important role that volunteer attorneys play in ensuring equal access to justice for all citizens.  For more information on National Pro Bono Week or if you are an attorney who can volunteer for one of our free programs and clinics, please visit our Web site at nysba.org. Ensuring justice for all; it's the good we do.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Below are links to the mp3 audio files of the three radio announcements:
 
http://www.nysba.org/Foreclosuremp3
http://www.nysba.org/Debtmp3
http://www.nysba.org/goodwedomp3

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.