The 25 sections of the State Bar publish material dealing with their fields of expertise, much of which is not available through commercial publishers. They also sponsor conferences, seminars and institutes, monitor legislation and conduct studies. Each section contributes to policy-making, both in subject areas and association-wide.

The new section chairs are:

Eric J. Stock of Manhattan (Hogan Lovells), chair of the 524-member Antitrust Section. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Stock concentrates his practice on antitrust and complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on antitrust litigation, government investigations and commercial disputes.

Howard S. Shafer of Manhattan (Shafer Glazer), chair of the 1,705-member Corporate Counsel Section. A graduate of Rutgers University and Brooklyn Law School, Shafer is the managing partner of Shafer Glazer and the president and general counsel of Counsel Holdings, Inc., a law firm marketing company.

Diana L. Wollman of Manhattan (Sullivan & Cromwell) chair of the 2,691-member Tax Law Section. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Wollman concentrates her practice on U.S. federal tax matters and New York State corporate and bank tax matters.

Robert F. McCarthy of Mineola (Nationwide Mutual Insurance), chair of the 2,697-member Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section. A graduate of St. John's University and Fordham University School of Law, McCarthy is a regional leader with the staff counsel operations of Nationwide Mutual Insurance. His primary specialization is commercial, excess, surplus and specialty lines of insurance.

Elizabeth M. Hecht of White Plains (Mead Hecht Conklin & Gallagher), chair of the 2,314-member Trial Lawyers Section. A graduate of Fairfield University and Pace University School of Law, Hecht concentrates her practice in the defense of all varieties of tort actions from inception through appeal.

Carl T. Baker of Glens Falls (Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth), chair of the 4,890-member Trusts and Estates Section. A graduate of Cornell University and Albany Law School, Baker concentrates his practice in trusts and estates.

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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