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October 10, 2007


At their annual meeting held this year in Peru, the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association donated $10,000 to the earthquake relief efforts currently underway in that country.

New York State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP) was in attendance at the meeting and said, "We were honored to present our Peruvian colleagues with this donation, which demonstrates our historic commitment, as New York lawyers, to doing the public good and helping those in need. This was an extraordinary opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with international bar leaders and policy makers on the future of international trade and the rule of law, and most especially, to do what we do best - helping lawyers and their communities in times of crisis."

International Law and Practice Section Chair Section Chair Oliver J. Armas (Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP) said, "This meeting was scheduled well in advance of the devastating earthquake that has affected thousands of people in Peru. The donation made by our section will go towards providing needed legal services to the victims who are now working hard to rebuild their lives. Even under these trying circumstances our meeting was a great success, and we were very pleased to provide some assistance to our gracious hosts."

The $10,000 donation was presented to Decana Luz Aurea Saenz Arana, del Colegio de Abogados de Lima (the Dean of the Lima Bar Association) at a Gala Reception and Dinner at the Museo Nacional. The funds will be used to help provide legal services for the victims of the devastating earthquake. In addition, Madigan extended an honorary NYSBA membership to the Dean.

The meeting was held over the course of 6 days in Lima and Cusco, Peru and was attended by more than 230 attorneys from almost every Latin American country, 9 additional countries and 6 states. Programs held throughout the meeting afforded NYSBA members with the opportunity to meet with newly credentialed US Ambassador to Peru, P. Michael McKinley, Peru Prime Minister Jorge Del Castillo and Chief Justice Francisco Tavara.

The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.