Highlights of June House Meeting
The House approved the report of the Committee on
Diversity and Inclusion recommending that the Bylaws provisions for two
members-at-large of the Executive Committee and twelve House members to further
racial and ethnic diversity be extended for an additional ten years and that
the impact of these positions on the demographics of each body be reviewed on
an annual basis. The report will be
forwarded to the Committee on Bylaws for preparation of appropriate amendments
for subscription by the House at its November 2013 meeting and vote by the
membership at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
The House approved the recommendation
of the Finance Committee that dues for the new Affiliate Member category of
membership be set at $185 beginning in 2014.
David M. Schraver of Rochester was
installed as the 116th President of the Association, with the oath
of office administered by former President G. Robert Witmer, Jr.
The Root-Stimson Award, which honors
members of the profession for outstanding community service, was presented to Elizabeth
A. Wolford of Rochester. A partner at the
Wolford Law Firm, she was honored in particular for her community service.
James R. Silkenat of New York City,
President-Elect of the American Bar Association, addressed the House with
respect to his planned initiatives as President upon taking office in August.
The Trial Lawyers Section presented
its National Trial Advocacy Awards to teams from Hofstra University School of
Law and Fordham University School of Law.
Karla D. Wilsey, chair of the New
York State Conference of Bar Leaders, presented an overview of the Conference’s
operations and updated the House on the Conference’s recent activities.