August 12, 2013: State Bar Association Congratulates James Silkenat on Becoming President of American Bar Association

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION CONGRATULATES JAMES SILKENAT ON BECOMING PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

Statement by New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver on New York attorney James R. Silkenat being sworn in as the 137th president of the American Bar Association:

“On behalf of the 76,000 members of the New York State Bar Association, I join the large chorus of admirers in congratulating Jim Silkenat today as he begins his term as president of the American Bar Association.

“Few people have come to the ABA presidency more qualified or better prepared to serve than Jim Silkenat. Jim is an extraordinary attorney and an extraordinary leader, who will work tirelessly for the betterment of the legal profession and society as a whole.

“The legal community faces many challenges in the next year, including budget cuts in our courts, a re-examination of our legal education system, and an increasing demand for legal services for the poor. As it has in the past, the American Bar Association will be called upon to play an active role in addressing these and other challenges.

“I am privileged to serve as president of the New York State Bar Association at the same time that Jim Silkenat serves as president of the American Bar Association.

“Already, Jim has begun working with the State Bar leadership and our ABA delegation to address such pressing issues as gun violence, human trafficking and the future of the legal profession. I look forward to continuing this collaboration in the coming year.

“On a personal level, I have known Jim for many years. He is as courteous and generous as he is knowledgeable and capable. He will make a great president of the American Bar Association. We wish him all the best.”
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Schraver, a partner at Nixon Peabody in Rochester, began a one-year term as president of the New York State Bar Association on June 1. Silkenat, a partner at Sullivan & Worcester in New York City, is the 21st New Yorker to serve as ABA president and the first in 26 years.

The New York State Bar Association, with 76,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. It was founded in 1876.

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