Claudia O. Torrey of Cookeville, Tennessee has been honored with the Outstanding Non-Resident Member Award, given by the Membership Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

The award, conferred on January 24 during the Bar's Annual Meeting in New York City, recognizes the growing contributions of non-resident members to the State Bar. Non-resident members comprise more than 25 percent of the State Bar's membership.

Torrey has chaired the Subcommittee on Non-Resident Membership of the Membership Committee since 2004. As chair, she has led efforts to develop a non-resident listserve and resource page on the State Bar's website, as well as created a non-resident information table and roundtable breakfast during the Annual Meeting.

"Because of Claudia Torrey, our non-resident members have found greater value and opportunities to get involved in the New York State Bar Association. Through her tireless advocacy and deft leadership, she has made our Association richer and more inclusive to all members," said State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. of Brooklyn (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). "I can think of no one more deserving of this honor."

Torrey was one of the first two out-of-state delegates appointed to the State Bar's House of Delegates in 2009. She continues to serve in that position. She also is an active member of the Health Law Section and a past member of the Special Committee on Cross-Border Legal Practice.

A graduate of Syracuse University and New York Law School, Torrey is an author/columnist on health law.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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