July 1, 2010


ALBANY - Earamichia Brown of New York (Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General) today takes office as chair of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders (NYSCBL). Brown served as vice-chair of the Conference's Executive Council from 2008-2010. She has been a member of the NYSCBL since 2003 and is the Executive Council's longest-participating member. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Howard University School of Law.

Karla D. Wilsey of Rochester (Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP) will serve as vice-chair for 2010-2011. She has served on the Executive Council since 2006 and also is treasurer of the Monroe County Bar Association. She is a graduate of William Smith College and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

This year's Executive Council also will include State Bar President-elect Vincent E. Doyle, III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP); Past Conference Chair Taa Grays of New York (MetLife); Immediate Past Conference Chair Linda J. Clark of Albany (Hiscock & Barclay, LLP); and M. Barry Levy of New York (Sharretts Paley Carter & Blauvelt PC).

Formed in 1979, the NYSCBL provides a forum to exchange information and ideas among local, specialty, minority and women's bar leaders, as well as between the New York State Bar Association and bar leaders. The Conference is governed by an Executive Council of 13 members that includes both at-large members and representatives of each of the state's four Judicial Departments. One member of the Executive Council represents executive directors of bar associations (Chris Gray, Onondaga County Bar Association). The President-elect of the State Bar (Vincent E. Doyle, III) and a representative of the Network of Bar Leaders (Taa Grays) also serve as members.

The NYSCBL sponsors two workshops annually, presenting topics in bar association management, program ideas to engage and retain members, and current legal trends that can impact associations and their membership. The Conference's fall program, "Leading Your Association Forward" is scheduled for October 14 and 15 at the State Bar Center in Albany. Several teleconferences are also scheduled throughout 2010-2011 for bar leaders and executive directors to discuss issues relevant to their associations.

Founded in 1876, 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. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.