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November 8, 2007

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS PAKISTANI LAWYERS

Association's House of Delegates Adopts Resolution Showing Solidarity

The New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates, at its meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2007, unanimously approved a Resolution expressing strong solidarity with, and support for, the Pakistani Bar and the lawyers who have been detained as a result of the emergency rule imposed by President Pervez Musharraf.

"We condemn the removal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the apparent arrest of many local bar leaders and attacks on the Pakistani legal community at large. We rise in support of our brothers and sisters of the bar across the globe and urge the world wide legal community to join us in speaking out for the restoration of the rule of law in Pakistan" said New York State Bar Association President Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP).

The Resolution will be sent to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and to the President of the Pakistan Bar Association.

The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand 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.