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January 19, 2011

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TRUSTS AND ESTATES LAW SECTION FELLOWSHIPS

$5,000 Fellowship Awards Permit Second-Year Law Students to Work in Trusts and Estates Law Public Sector Positions during summer 2011

The Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has contributed $10,000 to The New York Bar Foundation to establish fellowships for second-year law students. Two fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded to second-year law students currently enrolled in law schools in New York State.

M. Catherine Richardson (Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse), president of The New York Bar Foundation said, "We are very pleased to accept this generous gift from the Trusts and Estates Law Section. These fellowships will offer a terrific opportunity for law students to have a meaningful working experience in the Surrogate Courts under the mentorship of prestigious judges."

Gary B. Freidman of New York (Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP), chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section, said, "The Trusts and Estates Law Section is pleased to make this contribution to The New York Bar Foundation to establish these fellowships. This work experience will expose the student to the numerous opportunities available in a career in trusts and estates law. The knowledge and skills learned will serve them well regardless of their career path."

The Fellowship Program will provide students with an opportunity to experience trusts and estates law practice. The ultimate goal of the Fellowship is to create a network and forge relationships among trusts and estates law attorneys throughout the State of New York.

The ten-week fellowship will take place from June 6 to August 13, 2011. One fellow will work in the Chambers of the Honorable Barbara Howe, Surrogate, Erie County Surrogate's Court, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY, and one fellow will work in the Chambers of the Honorable John M. Czygier, Jr., Surrogate, Suffolk County Surrogate's Court, 320 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY. The fellowship application deadline is January 31, 2011. 

Each fellow will be a guest member of the NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section for one year starting with the award of the fellowship. Additionally, they will be invited to attend Executive Committee meetings of the Section during summer 2011.

For complete application details, go to www.tnybf.org or contact The New York Bar Foundation at 518/487-5651 or foundation@tnybf.org.

Founded in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation provides funding through its grant making program to increase public understanding of the law; improve the justice system and the law; facilitate the delivery of legal services; and enhance professional competence and ethics. 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 foundation@tnybf.org. The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany, NY  12207.

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