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June 24, 2007

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION RECEIVES $10,000 GIFT TO ESTABLISH REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION MINORITY FELLOWSHIPS

The New York Bar Foundation has received a gift of $10,000 from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association to establish three fellowships. Each fellowship will be presented to a minority student attending a law school in New York State to assist a public interest legal organization in representing tenants in local landlord/tenant cases. The fellowships, valued at $3,333 each, will be awarded for summer 2008 and will take place in separate geographic regions of the state.

The funding for each fellowship will be available through a grant award from The New York Bar Foundation.  Public interest legal organizations in New York State interested in conducting a fellowship in summer 2008 for the above stated purpose must submit a grant application to The New York Bar Foundation by October 15, 2007. Applications are accessible on The Foundation's Web site at www.tnybf.org.

Karl B. Holtzschue (New York), chair of the Real Property Law Section said, "The officers and members of the Real Property Law Section are pleased to contribute this gift to The New York Bar Foundation.  Each fellow will have a distinct opportunity to obtain direct exposure to real property law practice and its effect on housing issues involving tenants and landlords. It is our hope that this work experience will provide a meaningful benefit to each student who is planning to pursue a career in the legal profession."

John R. Horan of New York (Fox Horan & Camerini LLP), president of The Foundation said, "We gratefully accept this generous gift from the Real Property Law Section and look forward to having the opportunity to award grants for fellowships that will encourage interest in real property law and engender greater diversity in the profession. We thank Mr. Holtzschue and former Section chair, Harry G. Meyer (Hodgson Russ LLP, Buffalo) for their leadership in bringing this gift to fruition so that the legal profession, the justice system and New York's communities will be better-served."

The purpose of the Real Property Law Section is to bring together members of the New York State Bar Association who are interested in the law relating to interests in real property and transactions involving real property. The Section examines and supports or opposes pending legislation, takes action to initiate legislation as necessary, and promotes the interests and welfare of the public and members of the Bar in real property law. It is an active service organization for the maintenance and protection of legal jurisprudence and the principles of real property, as well as for the education and professional development of the bar and the public.

Horan said in addition to the Real Property Law Section fellowships, The Foundation has recently received gifts from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for fellowships for minority law students and from the Tax Section to provide funding for low-income taxpayer clinics in New York State. The Foundation awarded over $500,000 in grants for law-related projects in New York State last year.

For complete fellowship eligibility details or for more information about The New York Bar Foundation, contact Rosanne Van Heertum, director of development, One Elk Street, Albany NY 12207, (518) 487-5650 or rvanh@tnybf.org.

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