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.