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New York State Co-Chair and Life Fellow Sharon Stern Gerstman

January 31, 2014, Fellows in the news

ALBANY, NY (01/31/2014)(readMedia)-- David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti) today was named president-elect designee of the New York State Bar Association.

The House of Delegates, the association's governing body, elected Miranda during its Annual Meeting in New York City. He will begin a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2014, and a one-year term as president on June 1, 2015.

Ellen G. Makofsky of Garden City (Raskin & Makofsky) was elected to a one-year term as secretary. Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo (Magavern Magavern Grimm) was elected to a second one-year term as treasurer. 

Gerstman is of counsel to Magavern Magavern Grimm in Buffalo. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration, and appellate practice.

A 33-year member of the State Bar, Gerstman previously served on the Executive Committee as an Eighth Judicial District vice-president. She is a member of the House of Delegates, Finance Committee, Dispute Resolution Section, and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section's Executive Committee.

She was chair of the Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules and the Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising and Lawyer Referral Services. She previously co-chaired the Task Force on E-Filing and the Special Committees on Lawyer Advertising and Strategic Planning. She also served on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors for three years and is a member of the ABA's House of Delegates.

A resident of Amherst, Gerstman graduated from Brown University and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She received a master's degree from Yale Law School.

The 75,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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