January 28, 2011


NEW YORK-The New York State Conference of Bar Leaders today announced the Monroe County Bar Association has received its 2011 Bar Leader Innovation Award for Medium Bar Associations (500 - 1,999 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 at the NYSCBL Innovation Awards Breakfast January 28th during the New York State Bar Association's 134th Annual Meeting at the Hilton New York in New York City.

The award recognizes the Monroe County Bar for its new "Lawyer Succession Registry" program, which helps lawyers to plan for law practice continuity by designating in advance another lawyer who is willing to assist in the transfer of client files in the event of disability, death or unavailability of the registering lawyer. The program is designed to assist solo- and small-firm practitioners, as well as their clients.

"Taking care of our clients is a top priority for attorneys. This especially holds true for the many hard-working solo- and small-firm lawyers who do not have the resources of large firms. Recognizing this, the Monroe County Bar created an outstanding program that improves the practice of law," said Earamichia Brown of New York (Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General) chair of the Conference of Bar Leaders. "We are pleased to recognize the Monroe County Bar for serving its members, while fostering public confidence in the legal profession."

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 of 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 about issues and activities among local bar leaders, as well as between the state bar and local 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.