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New York State Bar Association elects 2016-2017 officers

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Bar Association announced that it has named Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo as president-elect designee of the 74,000-member association.

The House of Delegates, the bar association’s governing body, elected Gerstman during its 139th annual meeting in Manhattan. She begins a one-year term as president-elect on June 1, 2016 and will become president on June 1, 2017.

Gerstman is of counsel to Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP in Buffalo. She concentrates her law practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration, and appellate practice, according to a bar association news release.

 A 34-year member of the state bar and currently its treasurer, Gerstman previously served on the association’s executive committee as an eighth judicial district VP.

Current New York State Bar president-elect Claire P. Gutekunst of Yonkers assumes the association’s presidency this June 1st, succeeding David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley and Mesiti), the release stated.

Ellen G. Makofsky of Garden City (Makofsky & Associates) was elected secretary a third time for another one-year term. Scott M. Karson of Melville was elected treasurer.

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