Committee Chairs

Scott M. Karson, Esq. 
PRESIDENT-ELECT AND COMMITTEE Co-Chair

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Scott M. Karson of Stony Brook, a partner at Lamb & Barnosky, is president-elect of the New York State Bar Association.

Karson is a commercial and municipal litigator with a concentration in appellate work and has argued more than 100 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. He also chairs his firm’s Professional Ethics Committee and its Litigation Committee.

A NYSBA member for 31 years, Karson has served on the Executive Committee as vice president for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk counties), and still serves on the House of Delegates. He is a member and former chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee to Review Judicial Nominations. A longtime member of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, Karson worked during his time as chair to clarify court rules to create a standard price that could be charged for court transcripts. 

A past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Karson was the county bar’s delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. As president-elect, he will be a NYSBA delegate to the ABA. He still serves on the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Karson is vice chair of the board of directors of Nassau Suffolk Law Services, the principal provider of civil legal services to Long Island’s indigent population. He has twice received the Suffolk County Bar Association President’s Award, in 1996 and 2011, and received the bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Karson earned his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


EDWINA FRANCES MARTIN

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
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Edwina Frances Martin is the legislative and budget director for New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose (49th Council District). She previously served as director of communications and government relations for Legal Services NYC.A six-year member of the State Bar, Martin was a member of the House of Delegates for four years. She co-chairs the Committee on Legal Aid and the Steven C. Krane Special Committee on Student Loan Assistance in the Public Interest. She also is a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, Committee on Lawyers in Transition and the Membership Committee.Martin graduated from Williams College and earned her law degree from New York University Law School.


Tiffany Liston

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR


Tiffany Liston is the Deputy Director for Program and Development at Mobilization for Justice, a social justice organization providing free legal services to low-income New Yorkers for over fifty years. Ms. Liston works closely with the Executive Director in overseeing program, development, and strategic organizational initiatives. Before joining MFJ, Ms. Liston was General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for an education non-profit organization where she oversaw all legal issues, human resources, development/external relations, finance, and operations. Prior to that, Ms. Liston was a Litigation Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she managed a complex commercial caseload, including government investigations, among other matters. Prior to Simpson Thacher, Ms. Liston interned for Judge Lucy Billings, NY Supreme Court, and Mobilization for Justice, where she started her legal career. Ms. Liston is on the Board of Directors for Riverdale Neighborhood House, a social services and education non-profit in the North Bronx. She received her B.A. from Harvard College, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.