September 30, 2008


Binghamton Lawyer Continues Commitment to Increasing Civil Legal Services for the Poor

Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP) of Binghamton, immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association, has been appointed by Governor David Paterson to the Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund Board of Trustees. The IOLA Fund provides additional financial support to civil legal service organizations which provide low income people in New York Statewith a variety of legal services. These services are often provided to people who need the assistance of a lawyer to preserve basic human needs such as food, shelter, employment and access to health care.

"As president of the New York State Bar Association, Kate Madigan did an outstanding job of raising awareness about the need to increase funding for civil legal services and working to protect the IOLA Fund," said President Bernice K. Leber of New York(Arent Fox LLP). "Throughout her career as an attorney and as a bar leader, she has continually worked to increase access to the justice system and make justice for all a reality. I can think of no better person than Kate to work on this vitally important issue. We commend Governor Paterson for this excellent selection, and congratulate Kate on this appointment. We have long believed that the State Bar, as the state-wide advocate for adequate funding for civil legal services for the poor, should also have a place at the IOLA table and we are simply delighted that the Governor thought so, too."

"I am immensely honored to work on behalf of the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund, which benefits thousands of New York's most needy residents," said Madigan. "We know that there is a lot of work ahead of us, as studies have demonstrated that more than 80 percent of the civil legal services needs of the poor are currently going unmet. Being named to this board is truly an honor and I look forward to helping the poor citizens of New York in this new capacity."

Madigan is a partner in the Binghamtonlaw firm of Levene, Gouldin & Thompson LLP, concentrating her practice in elder law and trusts and estates. The fourth female president of the Association, Madigan is former chair of the Association's President's Committee on Access to Justice and serves on the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

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.