ALBANY-State Bar Association President Seymour W. James, Jr. of New York City (The Legal Aid Society) has appointed ten attorneys as chairs and co-chairs of committees within the Association.

The standing and special committees of the State Bar sponsor conferences, seminars, monitor legislation and conduct research studies. Each committee contributes to policy-making, both in subject areas and Association-wide.

The new committee chairs are:

Catherine A. Christian of Manhattan, Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. A graduate of Hofstra University and the Dickinson School of Law, Christian is an assistant district attorney for New York County. She is a member of the executive staff of the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, where she serves as counsel to the Trial Division and chief of the Alternative Sentencing Division.

Karen Fisher Gutheil of Manhattan, Committee on Children and the Law. A graduate of Drake University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Gutheil is a staff attorney in the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society.

Diana S. Sen of Manhattan, Committee on Civil Rights. A graduate of the University of Florida and Emory University Law School, Sen is the senior counsel to LatinoJustice PRLDEF and head of its Southeastern U.S. Practice.

Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton, Committee on Leadership Development. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Albany Law School, Madigan is a partner and founder of the Elder Law Group at Levene Gouldin & Thompson. She was president of the State Bar in 2007-2008.

Eileen D. Millett of Manhattan, Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (co-chair). A graduate of Syracuse University and the Syracuse University College of Law, Millett is senior counsel in the Litigation and Health Care and Life Sciences practices at Epstein Becker Green.

Lynn Beth Oberlander of Manhattan, Committee on Media Law. A graduate of Yale College and Columbia University School of Law, Oberlander is the general counsel of The New Yorker. She previously was the editorial counsel to Forbes.

Mark S. Gorgos of Binghamton, Electronic Communications Committee (co-chair). A graduate of Union College and Albany Law School, Gorgos is the managing partner of Coughlin & Gerhart. He practices in the areas of commercial law, municipal and education law, public sector labor law and creditor bankruptcy matters. 

Gail Johnston of White Plains, Electronic Communications Committee (co-chair). A graduate of Bates College and New York Law School, Johnston is a senior attorney with Cahill Gordon & Reindel. She concentrates her practice in litigation.

John S. Marwell of Mount Kisco, Finance Committee. A graduate of Columbia University and Columbia University School of Law, Marwell is a partner of Shamberg Marwell & Hollis. His practice includes land use litigation, zoning, environmental law and real estate law.

Henry E. Kruman of Malverne, Lawyer Assistance Committee. A graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Kruman is a partner at Kruman & Kruman. He concentrates his practice in matrimonial litigation.

Their terms began on June 1.

The 77,000-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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