The Conference of Bar Leaders, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, has honored three bar associations with its 2013 Bar Leaders Innovation Awards.
The awards recognize exemplary and creative programs sponsored during the past year by local, ethnic, specialty, minority and women’s bar associations.
“Bar associations continually provide unique programs to meet the needs of their communities,” said Karla Wilsey of Rochester (Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf LLP), chair of the conference’s Executive Council. “This year’s recipients took on timely issues and educated the public on a wide variety of legal issues. We congratulate them on a job well done.”
Receiving their awards Friday were:
• The Brooklyn Bar Association (large bar category, more than 2,000 members) which launched a five-series public program to educate the underserved populations of Kings County.
• The Asian-American Bar Association of New York (medium bar category, 500 to 2,000 members): As part of its Trial Reenactment Program to highlight significant cases involving Asian-Americans, the bar association co-produced “IVA: The Myth of Tokyo Rose, Allegiance on Trial.” It is a fully-staged theatrical production about Iva Toguri, a Japanese-American citizen accused of anti-American propaganda during World War II.
• The Network of Bar Leaders (small bar category, fewer than 500 members) produced a three-hour seminar and workshop addressing issues related to Superstorm Sandy.
The New York State Conference of Bar Leaders was established in 1979 to advance the objectives of the organized bar by encouraging communication and collaboration among bar associations.