February 3, 2009


Younger Assumes Office of President-Elect on June 1, 2009

ALBANY - The New York State Bar Association announced today that Stephen P. Younger a partner at the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP in New York City, has been named president-elect of the 76,000-member organization. Younger was elected on January 30th by the House of Delegates,the Association's decision and policy-making body and assumes the title "president-elect" on June 1, 2009. He will begin his one-year term as president on June 1, 2010.

Current president-elect Michael E. Getnick of Utica(Getnick, Livingston, Atkinson, Gigliotti & Priore, LLP), assumes the office of president on June 1, 2009.

As a partner at Patterson Belknap, Younger is a leading commercial litigator, well-known for his work in international arbitration. He regularly represents financial institutions, mutual funds, hedge funds, pension funds and venture capital firms in securities disputes. Prior to joining the firm in 1983, Younger, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, served as law clerk to the late Hon. Hugh R. Jones, Associate Judge for the New York Court of Appeals.

Younger graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1977 and earned his law degree magna cum laude from Albany Law Schoolin 1982, where he was editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review.

A 26-year member of the Association, Younger has served as a member-at-large of the Association's Executive Committee since 2007. He served as chair of the State Bar's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section from 2005-2006. He is also past chair of the section's Securities Litigation Committee and Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee. He is a fellow of The New York Bar Foundation and an active member of the Association's Committee on Membership.

In addition to his State Bar activities, Younger is counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nominations. He is a member of the First Department Judicial Screening Committee and serves on the advisory committee to the commercial division of the New York State Supreme Court. He served as transition director for New York Attorney General Andrew W. Cuomo and as a member of former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye's ADR Task Force.

As a member of the New York City Bar, Younger worked on the Committee on Arbitration and as secretary of the Task Force on Civil Courts. He is a member of the New York State Unified Court System ADR Advisory Committee and the New York State Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Commercial Division.

Younger serves as a mediator for the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; executive committee member of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; and treasurer of the Historical Society of the NYS Courts. He is a member of the Congress of Fellows, and the Center for International Legal Studies.

A trustee of Albany Law School, and past president of the law school's National Alumni Council, he is a frequent lecturer and author in the fields of securities litigation, commercial arbitration and international dispute resolution.

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