By RYAN WICKER
Claire P. Gutekunst of Yonkers assumes office today, June 1, as the 119th president of the New York State Bar Association. Gutekunst, an independent mediator and arbitrator, is the sixth woman to serve as president of the 74,000-member Association. She succeeds David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti).
“The New York State Bar Association has been the voice for New York lawyers for 140 years,” said Gutekunst, who, during her tenure, plans to advance its mission to serve both the legal profession and the public. “Access to justice for all is critical to the well-being of society. Many low-income New Yorkers face potentially life-changing legal problems without a lawyer. They risk losing their homes, health care or child support, often creating additional problems for them and their families.”
As the legal profession undergoes changes caused by globalization, economic pressures and technology, the State Bar Association can assist attorneys in serving their clients.
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