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September 18, 2007


Annual Award To Be Presented At Bar Association's Annual Meeting In January

The New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyer Section is seeking nominees for its annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which will be presented at the Association's annual meeting in January in New York City. The award is presented to a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the Bar through public service and professional activities. To qualify, nominees must be under 37 years old and have practiced law for less than 10 years.

"There are an incredible number of young, talented attorneys practicing in New York State and we must continue to attract new, gifted legal minds to this honorable profession," said Valerie M. Cartright Hempstead (Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington), Chair of the Young Lawyers Section. "We are proud to honor the rising stars of our profession and I look forward to celebrating this prestigious award with our eventual winner and with all of the deserving nominees."

In order to qualify for the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award nominees must be admitted to practice in New York State and have practices for fewer than 10 years. Nominees must be involved primarily in the active practice of law as distinguished from those engaged in business or in elected office. All submissions require a completed nomination form, which is available by clicking or copying the following link to your internet browser:

Previous winners of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award include Laurie Giordano of Rochester (Wolford & LeClair LLP), Michael C. Rakower of New York City (Law Office of Michael C. Rakower), Elissa D. Hecker of Irvington, Elizabeth A. Wolford of Rochester (Wolford & Leclair, LLP), and Clyde J. Eisman of Manhattan.

All nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 2, 2007 and returned to Outstanding Young Lawyer, c/o Megan O'Toole, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street Albany, New York 12207.