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January 10, 2011

LISE BANG-JENSEN TO HEAD NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION MEDIA SERVICES & PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

ALBANY-Lise Bang-Jensen of Albany has joined the New York State Bar Association as director of Media Services & Public Affairs.

Bang-Jensen, who began January 3, is responsible for managing the Department of Media Services and Public Affairs and advancing the Bar Association's objectives: by working with State Bar leaders and members to increase public awareness of legal issues and foster reform of the legal system; and to inform the public about citizens' rights and important legal issues of the day. The department also works closely with the Department of Governmental Relations to highlight the State Bar's legislative agenda.

"Lise Bang-Jensen possesses a keen understanding of the news media industry, dynamic leadership skills, and an extensive knowledge of state government," said State Bar Executive Director Patricia K. Bucklin. "We are very fortunate to have someone with Lise's tremendous talent and vast experience, and I join my colleagues in welcoming her to our public relations team."

Prior to joining the State Bar, Bang-Jensen served as senior policy analyst and communications manager for the Empire Center for New York State Policy. She co-hosted "Inside Albany" for 19 years after serving as a Capitol reporter for the Knickerbocker News. Her articles appeared in such newspapers as the Boston Globe, Empire State Report, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Ithaca Journal. She also contributed to New York Public Radio.

Bang-Jensen is the recipient of several journalism awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association, United Press International and the New York State Publishers Association.

Bang-Jensen graduated from Skidmore College and has a Master's Degree from Cornell University.

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, The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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