September 9, 2008


Award named after modern-day pioneer for African-American female attorneys

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 2009 Kay Crawford Murray Award. Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law, the award honors a member of the bar who recognizes the value of diversity in the legal profession and who has dedicated his or her time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys. The award will be presented at the Committee on Women in the Law luncheon on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the Association's Annual Meeting in New York City.

"Kay Crawford Murray's pioneering efforts in the legal community have paved the way for many women, especially African-American women, to achieve their dreams," said Taa R. Grays of New York(MetLife), chair of the Committee on Women in the Law. "This year's recipient will carry on Ms. Murray's fine example and continue to make lasting change."

During Ms. Murray's tenure as chair of the Committee on Women in the Law, she raised awareness of women's issues, spearheading a report that urged the Association to propose a model policy for childbirth and parenting as a guideline for law firms. She received the inaugural award in 2008.

Future recipients will have had a distinguished legal career or will be a rising star in the profession; be active members of one or more bar associations for the purpose of advancing the professional and personal development of women attorneys; be active mentors to women attorneys; and be substantial contributors to increasing the value of diversity in the legal profession.

The deadline for nominations is October 10, 2008. Nominations should be directed to the Committee on Women in the Law, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street , Albany , NY 12207, faxed to 518-463-8527, or e-mailed to Additional forms can be obtained by calling 518-487-5561.

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.