Six new attorneys have been elected to serve as directors of The New York Bar Foundation, which provides funding for law-related charitable and educational projects.

The new board members, elected to three-year terms, include:

Marion Hancock Fish, Syracuse, is a partner at Hancock Estabrook. She is immediate past president of the Onondaga County Bar Association, a member of the State Bar Association's House of Delegates and chair of the State Bar's Committee on Attorney Professionalism. She is a former adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University, magna cum laude, and Syracuse University College of Law.

Sheila A. Gaddis, Rochester, is the executive director at Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County. She also is a partner at Hiscock & Barclay. She was elected to the Brighton Town Council in 2007 after serving on the Town's Planning Board and Budget Review Task Force. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College, cum laude, and Seton Hall University Law School.

Michael E. Getnick, Utica, is a partner at Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore and of counsel to Getnick and Getnick, New York. He is the immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association where he serves on its Executive Committee and on its House of Delegates. He also is a past president of the Oneida County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Cornell Law School.

Joseph V. McCarthy, Buffalo, is a partner at Roach, Brown, McCarthy & Gruber. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1996. He is a past president of the Bar Association of Erie County. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Catholic University of America Law School.

Martin Minkowitz, New York, is a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. He is immediate past chair of the State Bar Association's General Practice Section. Previously, he was general counsel and deputy superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department and general counsel of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board. He is an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School.  He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School.

Patrick C. O'Reilly, Buffalo, is a managing partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. He is a past chair of the State Bar Association's Family Law Section, a past president of the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and served on the Academy's National Board of Governors. He is a member of the New York State Office of Court Administration Matrimonial Advisory Committee. He also is an adjunct professor of law at SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, teaching matrimonial practice and is a frequent lecturer for state and local continuing legal education seminars.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Buffalo Law School.

The Foundation re-elected directors Lesley Friedman Rosenthal of New York City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) and Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo (Magavern Magavern Grimm) to the Board for a three-year term. Sanford J. Schlesinger of New York City (Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera) was re-elected for a two-year term.

In addition, the Foundation Board of Directors re-elected M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse (retired, Bond, Schoeneck & King and past president, New York State Bar Association), president of the Foundation. She was first elected president in 2009.

Other re-elected officers are John J. Kenney of New York City (Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney) as vice president; Patricia K. Bucklin of Albany (executive director, New York State Bar Association) as secretary; and Cristine Cioffi of Niskayuna (Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube) as assistant secretary. John H. Gross of Hauppauge (Ingerman Smith) was newly elected as treasurer. All will begin a one-year term effective June 1, 2011.

The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to www.tnybf.org, phone 518/487-5651 or email foundation@tnybf.org

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Contact: Brandon Vogel
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