July 25, 2008


Tharp cited for "extraordinary leadership" in establishing Special Committee on Animals and the Law

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association's Special Committee on Animals and the Law recognized past President Lorraine Power Tharp of Albany (Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP) at the most recent House of Delegates meeting. Tharp served as President of the Association in 2002-2003 and formed the Special Committee on Animals and the Law.

The resolution read, "Be it resolved, that the Special Committee on Animals and the Law, established under the extraordinary leadership of Lorraine Power Tharp, President of the New York State Bar Association from 2002 to 2003, does hereby acknowledge, with deepest gratitude, Ms. Tharp's vision in recognizing not only the role that animals play in our society in general but also their importance specifically to New Yorkers in all walks of life. Through her foresight in effecting the formation of this Committee, Lorraine Power Tharp has enabled members of this Association to demonstrate their caring and commitment, as she has demonstrated hers, to fostering a society that is humane not only to animals but also to the people who value them."

One of the first state bar association committees on animal law, the Special Committee on Animals and the Law is credited with maintaining New York's status as a leader of humane-related legislation and increasing the Association's membership. Legendary radio personality Paul Harvey described the committee as "having a heart" upon its creation in 2002. Within the past year, the committee's Annual Meeting program "Animal Cruelty: From Dog Fighting to Hoarding-The Laws Governing Society's Response" received record attendance and its Patient Pet Care program has been a huge success. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the committee was the only legal group to testify before committees of the New York State Senate and Assembly on emergency preparedness. This fall, the committee will present a landmark multidisciplinary program on understanding and alleviating teen involvement with acts of animal cruelty.

The 74,000-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.