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September 16, 2010

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 2011 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 25, 2011 at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in New York City.

"Kay Crawford Murray's proud legacy of excellence and mentoring other women has made a profound and tangible difference within the community and the legal profession. Through this award, we honor Kay's many achievements and shine a light on those working so hard to enhance both diversity and the status of women in the legal profession," said Taa R. Grays of New York (MetLife), co-chair of the Committee on Women in the Law. "By honoring those who are setting a terrific example by helping others, we also hope that other attorneys will follow them in this vital work."

Committee Co-chair Sharon M. Porcellio of Rochester (Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP) added, "Kay is a trailblazer who continues to exemplify only the highest ideals in enhancing diversity in the legal profession and advancing the professional development of women attorneys."

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 attorneys 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; be active mentors to women attorneys; and be substantial contributors to increasing the value of diversity in the legal profession.
 
The deadline for nominations is October 8, 2010. Nomination forms are available at www.nysba.org/MurrayAward2011. 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.

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

The 77,000-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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