January 28, 2011


NEW YORK-The New York State Conference of Bar Leaders (NYSCBL) today announced that the Muslim Bar Association of New York has received its 2011 Bar Leaders Innovation Award for Small Bar Associations( fewer than 500 members). The award honors a local bar for its public service and innovative programming that enhances the public's understanding of the law.

The award was given as part of the NYSCBL Innovation Awards Breakfast on January 28 during the New York State Bar Association's 134th Annual Meeting at the Hilton New York in New York City.

The award recognizes the Muslim Bar Association for hosting a recent legal and financial educational seminar for Muslim nonprofits and mosques. In doing so, the program helped Muslim Americans to fulfill their religious obligation of charity and to continue support for feeding the hungry, aiding the sick, and improving communities.

"The Muslim Bar Association's program was an outstanding example of how a small bar association betters its community by offering timely and practical programs," said Earamichia Brown of New York (Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General) chair of the Conference of Bar Leaders. "We are very honored to present our Innovation Award to the Muslim Bar Association of New York."

 Awards were given in three member categories-small, medium and large bar associations in New York. They recognize outstanding programs sponsored by local, ethnic, specialty, minority and women's bar associations. The awards program serves to inform bar leaders about new activities and programs that promote public welfare, public understanding of the law, and attorneys' professional responsibilities.

 Formed in 1979, the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders provides a forum to exchange information among local bar leaders, as well as between the state bar and bar leaders.

 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 135 years.