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September 10, 2009

STATE BAR SEEKS NOMINEES FOR KAY CRAWFORD MURRAY AWARD

Award honors attorney committed to diversity in the legal profession and mentoring women attorneys

ALBANY-The New York State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the 2010 Kay Crawford Murray Award. Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law, the award honors an attorney 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 26, 2010 at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in New York City.

"During these difficult economic times, mentoring is integral to the continued professional development of women attorneys," observed Taa R. Grays of New York (MetLife), chair of the Committee on Women in the Law. "We must continue to follow the lead of Kay C. Murray to ensure that the legal profession continues to nurture its future leaders, as well as to ensure its ranks remain diverse."

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 State Bar to propose a model policy for childbirth and parenting as a guideline for law firms.

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

The deadline for nominations is October 9, 2009. 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 tmessenger@nysba.org. Additional forms can be obtained by calling 518-487-5561.

Past recipients include Kay Crawford Murray, retired general counsel of the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice; and Marissa C. Wesely of New York (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP).

The 76,000-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, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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