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March 15, 2010

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION'S SPRING RADIO CAMPAIGN PROVIDES NEW YORKERS WITH IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND USEFUL RESOURCES TO AVOID FORECLOSURE AND REDUCE DEBT

Campaign Also Praises State Bar Members for Their Outstanding Efforts to Volunteer Pro Bono Services and Reaffirms the Important Role New York's Courts Play in Promoting Access to Justice

Continuing its proud tradition of working to improve access to justice for all citizens, the New York State Bar Association today unveiled its newest statewide radio announcement series designed to inform the public about the resources and information it offers to help people avoid mortgage foreclosure and obtain debt relief. Narrated by State Bar President Michael E. Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP of Utica and of counsel to Getnick & Getnick of New York City), the ad campaign also commends State Bar members for providing hundreds of thousands of hours of free legal services to those in need. He further added that those attorneys, alone, who participate in the Empire Counsel Program have provided more than 250,000 hours of such free legal services. The final announcement stresses the important role that New York's court system plays in ensuring that justice is served.       

"High levels of unemployment, skyrocketing foreclosures, and tough fiscal times have made getting help to our most vulnerable citizens all the more imperative," said President Getnick. "These radio announcements alert people to resources and tools that are available through our State Bar Web site, including how to find legal representation from one of the thousands of our lawyers who donate their services. This commitment to the public good makes a real difference in a family's life and can help save their home and mitigate the crushing burden of financial debt." 

The NCSA (Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements) spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association as part of an ongoing radio campaign designed to educate citizens about a wide variety of important legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers. The spots will run from March 15th through April 11th.  It is anticipated that the spots will air several thousand times on radio stations across the state throughout the four-week campaign.

The scripts for the three radio announcements are as follows:

Mortgage Foreclosure and Financial Debt: 30-seconds

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association. These tough economic times have led to financial difficulties for many families. Just keeping pace with mortgage and credit card bills can be a struggle. You don't have to face these problems alone. Our Web site has the resources available to help. For more information, visit www.nysba.org.

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

The Good We Do as Attorneys: 60-seconds

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association. The financial turmoil during the last year has shattered the dreams and confidence of many. Record levels of unemployment and a high number of mortgage foreclosures, tough layoffs and the loss of critical health insurance coverage have had a devastating impact on the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. Many have lost hope and are not sure where to turn. New York State Bar Association lawyers take pride in providing free legal services to help the poor. Last year, our members alone contributed more than 250,000 hours of pro bono services. Whether it is saving a home from foreclosure or helping parents secure benefits for their children, our members answer the call to help those in need but who cannot afford to pay. Please visit www.nysba.org/probono. Pro bono service. It's the good we do all year-round.           

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

The Importance of New York's Courts: 30-seconds

This is Mike Getnick, President of the New York State Bar Association. Each year, our courts handle millions of cases: small claims, family court proceedings, criminal trials. The courts play a central role in the administration of justice. They are often the last resort in ensuring that citizens can enforce their rights. Making sure our courts remain independent and efficient is central to promoting our democratic values and access to justice.       

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.
 
Below are links to the mp3 audio files of the three radio announcements:
http://www.nysba.org/foreclosuresmp3
http://www.nysba.org/goodwedoasattorneysmp3
http://www.nysba.org/courtsmp3

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. For more information, visit us at our Web site at www.nysba.org.