Contact: Rosanne M. Van Heertum
Director of Development, The New YorkBar Foundation
February 5, 2009
M. CATHERINE RICHARDSON ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION
Syracuse native to lead Foundation's initiatives throughout the State of New York
ALBANY - M. Catherine Richardson, a retired member of the law firm, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuseand former president of the New York State Bar Association (1996-97), has been elected president of The New York Bar Foundation by its Board of Directors. Currently serving as The Foundation's vice president, Richardsonwill begin her one-year term as president on June 1, 2009.
Other officers elected were John J. Kenney (Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, New York) as vice president; Patricia K. Bucklin (executive director of the New York State Bar Association, Albany) as secretary; Paul Michael Hassett (Brown & Kelly, LLP, Buffalo) as treasurer; and Cristine Cioffi (Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube P.C., Niskayuna) as assistant secretary. All will begin a one-year term effective June 1,2009 with the exception of Hassett whose term as treasurer is effective immediately due to a vacancy.
A member of The New York Bar Foundation Legacy Society, Richardson was elected a Fellow of The Foundation in 1990 and served as chair of the Fellows from 2004-2007. She has served as an officer, director or ex officio director of the Foundation since 1993. Richardson has been awarded the Onondaga County Bar Association's Distinguished Lawyer Award (2003); New York State Bar Association's prestigious Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award (2002); Syracuse University Law College Association's Distinguished Service Award (1996); Albany Law School's Kate Stoneman Award (1996); SUNY Oswego's Outstanding Alumni (1995); Syracuse Law Review's Alumni Achievement Award (1995); the Girls Inc. of Central New York's 1994 Spirit of American Women Award; Onondaga County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award (1989); the 1989 Athena Award from the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce Small Business Bureau; the 1988 Take The Lead Award from the Central New York Girl Scout Council; and the 1987 Post-Standard's Women of Achievement-Career Award.
A member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association, Richardson also serves as chair of the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services at the American Bar Association; is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law; and a Board member of the New York Chiropractic College, Oswego College Foundation, Inc., Rosamond Gifford Foundation, Eldercare of Central New York, Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, ABA Retirement Funds, Inc., and Syracuse Research Corporation where she also serves as vice
president. She served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association from 2003-2006.
During her professional career, Richardsonassisted hospitals in mergers and consolidations and advised medical centers on corporate and medical staff bylaws, credentialing of medical staff and allied health professionals, investigations of Article 28 deficiencies and contracts between health care providers and consumers. Additionally, she worked on the formation and certification of an HMO and regularly advised insurance companies and HMO's regarding New York State Insurance Law and Public Health Law.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego (B.S., 1963), Richardson was awarded degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (M.A., 1969); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1977); and State University of New York (honorary Doctor of Laws, 2005). She is a member of the Order of Coif; Justinian Honorary Law Society (National Honorary); SUNY Oswego Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi; The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Honor Society of Women Educators); Kappa Delta Pi (National Education Honorary); and Lambda Sigma Tau (National Mathematics Honorary).president. She served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association from 2003-2006.
Additionally, elected by the membership of The Foundation to serve a three-year term as a Board director commencing June 1, 2009 are Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr. (Hodgson Russ LLP, New York ); Robert L. Haig (Kelley Drye & Warren LLP); Stephen D. Hoffman (Siller Wilk LLP, New York ); John R. Horan (Fox Horan & Camerini LLP, New York); Kathryn Grant Madigan (Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, Binghamton); Kay Crawford Murray; Richard Raysman (Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen P.C., New York); and Justin Vigdor (Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP, Rochester).
Established in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. For more information, contact Rosanne M. Van Heertum, director of development, at 518/487-5650 or visit ://www.tnybf.org/">www.tnybf.org.