January 29, 2010


NEW YORK- The New York State Bar Association announced today that Seymour W. James, Jr., of New York (The Legal Aid Society), has been re-elected Treasurer of the 77,000-member organization. James was re-elected at the 133rd Annual Meeting by the House of Delegates, the organization's decision and policy-making body. He will begin his third term on June 1, 2010.

James received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

James is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society in New York City. In that capacity, he is responsible for the Society's trial, parole revocation and appellate criminal practice.

Active in the State Bar since 1981, James is a member of its House of Delegates, the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Committee on Diversity and Leadership Development. Within the Criminal Justice Section, James serves as a Member-at-Large of its Executive Committee. He previously served as the Vice President for the 11th Judicial District from 2004-2008 and on numerous committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Special Committee on Association Governance, the Committee on Legal Aid, the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service and the Task Force on Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary. He is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

James is a past president of the Queens County Bar Association and has served on a number of that association's entities, including its Judiciary Committee. He is also a member of the Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

In addition to his bar association activities, James is a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second Judicial Department and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Second Judicial Department. He also serves as the Secretary of the Correctional Association.

James has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at CUNY Law School and on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program.

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.