The New York State Bar Association recently unveiled a new radio campaign focusing on three issues central to improving the quality of life of New Yorkers: preventing mortgage foreclosures, reducing the impact of global climate change, and promoting access to justice through the expansion of a civil right to counsel. State Bar President Bernice K. Leber (Arent Fox LLP) narrated the radio announcements.

The spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association as part of an ongoing radio campaign to raise public awareness about a wide variety of legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers.

"During these difficult financial times, it is important for members of the legal profession to do all we can to help improve everyone's quality of life," said Leber. "These ads highlight some of the most important issues currently facing the public and our leaders in government. By taking a proactive approach, the State Bar is providing workable solutions that truly make a positive difference in the lives of New Yorkers."

The spots will run from April 20th through May 17th. It is anticipated that the ads will air several thousand times on radio stations across the state throughout the four-week campaign. The scripts for the three radio ads are as follows:

Script #1 - Mortgage Foreclosures (30 Seconds)

This is Bernice Leber, President of the New YorkState Bar Association. Owning a home is part of the American Dream. However, the threat of foreclosure has put that dream in jeopardy. You do not have to face these difficult times alone. Our Web site at nysba.org gives you the information that can help you avoid foreclosure and save your most important investment. Visit nysba.org. Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy the American Dream.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Script #2 - Climate Change (30 Seconds)

This is Bernice Leber, President of the New York State Bar Association. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, climate change impacts our quality of life. We're committed to promoting solutions to reduce the harmful effects of global warming, encourage conservation, and protect our most precious natural resources. See what we're doing to address climate change at nysba.org. We can make a difference in the lives of our children and in the future of our planet.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Script #3 - Civil Legal Services (60 Seconds)

This is Bernice Leber, President of the New York State Bar Association. The dramatic downturn in the economy has affected all of us. And, every day, more and more of our most vulnerable citizens are unable to afford to hire an attorney to represent them on even the most basic quality of life needs. Permanent, adequate support for a right to counsel in these matters could mean the difference between losing a home or keeping it, gaining or losing custody of a child or finding refuge from domestic violence and abuse. Despite thousands of hours of free legal services provided by New Yorklawyers each year, we can only meet 15 percent of the civil legal service needs of the poor. This must change. The promise of equal justice for all must extend to every citizen. When basic human needs are at stake, everyone deserves the right to counsel. For more information, visit our Web site at nysba.org.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is 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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Contact: Nick Parrella
Associate Director of Media Services
nparrella@nysba.org
518/487-5532