Two attorneys, one from the Capital District and one from New York City, have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation, which provides funding for law-related charitable and educational projects.

The new directors, each elected to a three-year term, are:

James R. Barnes of Latham is a shareholder of the Albany law firm Burke & Casserly. Within the State Bar Association, he is the immediate past chairperson of the Young Lawyers Section and a member of the House of Delegates. He is a member of the Elder Law as well as Trusts and Estates Law sections. He is co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Albany County Bar Association. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Wake Forest University School of Law.

Earamichia N. Brown of New York City is an investigative counsel for the New York State Office of Inspector General. Brown is a member of the State Bar's House of Delegates, Membership Committee and Special Committee on Rules. She is the immediate past chair of the Conference of Bar Leaders. She also is a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Twelfth Judicial District. She graduated from George Mason University and Howard University School of Law.

"We are pleased to welcome James Barnes and Earamichia Brown to the Foundation board," said Foundation President Cristine Cioffi of Schenectady (Cioffi • Slezak • Wildgrube).  "The Foundation has a focused agenda for 2013, fulfilling our philanthropic mission, developing a new marketing plan, and strengthening our relationships throughout the state as well as our youth court initiatives."

In 2011, The New York Bar Foundation provided $450,000 in grants for charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation and how to support its charitable programs, go to, phone 518/487-5651 or email


Contact: Deborah Auspelmyer
Foundation Administrator