2020-2021 BAEC Elections

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Friday, May 29: Polls Open
Friday, June 26: Polls Close

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Candidates for Board of Directors

VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES

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Jeffrey Baase
Jeffrey F. Baase

Jeff Baase is one of the founding members of Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham, LLC, where his primary area of practice is defending clients in personal injury litigation.  Jeff started his career with Hurwitz & Fine in 1994 and then moved to Hodgson Russ, LLP for two years.  In 2000 Jeff  Baase, Dave Pfalzgraf and Tony Rupp founded Rupp, Baase & Pfalzgraf.  They were joined by Tom Cunningham in 2002.  The firm has grown from three lawyers in 2000 to 45 attorneys today.  Jeff is the co-leader of the insurance defense practice group at the Rupp Baase firm.

He served on the Board of Directors of the BAEC from 2013 to 2016 and also served on the Judiciary Committee for three years.  He also has been an active member of the Negligence Committee for many years.  In his past positions with the Bar Association he enjoyed meeting and getting to know attorneys from other areas of practice and learning about their work.

In addition to the BAEC, Jeff is a member of several other professional organizations including the Claims and Litigation Management Institute (CLM) and the New York State Trial Lawyers.  He is also a member of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), which is an honorary trial lawyers association.  He has been recognized by Buffalo Business First in the Legal Elite edition from 2014 to 2019.

Jeff believes that as attorneys in Erie County we are privileged to practice in a unique and special legal community.  The collegiality and civility that lawyers in Buffalo share with each other is not common everywhere.  Jeff is proud to maintain strong relationships with adversaries and colleagues and always tries to treat other attorneys with civility.  The Bar Association plays an important role in maintaining this atmosphere of civility.

Jeff is married to Amy Baase and has three children.  In his free time he enjoys skiing, riding bikes, and for many years coaching his kids’ baseball teams.  He is a graduate of Allegheny College and SUNY Buffalo School of Law.

Hugh Russ
Hugh M. Russ, III

Hugh has been a member of the Bar Association of Erie County since 1987.  A graduate of Harvard and UB Law School, Hugh is a trial lawyer and a member of Hodgson Russ LLP.  Over the years, Hugh has served on the association’s Board of Directors, the Pro Bono Endowment Committee, and the Ethics Committee. He currently serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  Hugh has worked on Bar Foundation campaigns, and served as Campaign Chair in 2014.  He has served as President and Director of Neighborhood Legal Services, and he is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

DEPUTY TREASURER CANDIDATES

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Amber Storr
Amber E. Storr

Amber E. Storr is an experienced litigator with Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., focusing her practice on business and commercial litigation, employment law litigation, professional liability defense, appeals, and mediation. She has successfully litigated and resolved contract disputes, construction contract litigation, Uniform Commercial Code sales, commercial paper and banking issues, collection and creditor matters, business break-ups, employment contract disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties, thefts of trade secrets, and breaches of non-compete covenants for various business clients. She is also a frequent contributor to Hurwitz & Fine’s legal alerts for clients and presenter at community organizations on legal updates.

Storr is the Commercial Litigation Co-Chair of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County and an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  She is a member of the Business and Commercial Litigation Division of the New York State Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Employment Law Committee, Legislative Committee, and Judicial Screening Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.  Storr is a past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Island and a past president of the University of Buffalo Law School Alumni GOLD Group Board. Storr has also been selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists annually, from 2013 through present. 

Kelley Omel
Kelley A. Omel

KELLEY A. OMEL is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School, having recently retired from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office where she served under five administrations for nearly 30 years.  During her time at the DA’s Office she successfully prosecuted all types of general felonies, white collar crimes and vehicular felonies.  She was Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau for 9 years.

In January, she became an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School (her alma mater) and since COVID-19, has been zooming 55 students into her dining room.  She currently teaches Common Law 201 in the new undergraduate major program and works with the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic assisting law students.  She will teach Criminal Law in the fall, which she hopes will be in a real classroom!

Omel has frequently instructed prosecutors and police throughout New York State, as well as members of the Bar Association on issues of Fraud and Vehicular Crimes.

While not working, Omel has been active with Lawyers for the Arts (LFA), where she sings with the all-attorney band, Precinct 4.  As LFA’s success grew through the years and as a classically trained singer, she felt that there were probably other classically-trained musicians that would like to have a forum in which to perform.  As a result, in 2019 she began Lawyers for the Arts/Classical Edition which showcased classically-trained attorney musicians and artists. 

In addition to her legal and musical endeavors, Omel has also had other community involvement.  She has served on the council of Crossroads Lutheran Church, coached the Amherst High School Mock Trial team (her alma mater) and has served as a director of the Bar Association of Erie County.   Currently, she is an English as a Second Language tutor, teaching a young woman from Eritrea how to speak English. 

DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

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Gregory V. Pajak

Gregory V. Pajak  is currently Special Counsel and Senior Trial Attorney with Cellino & Barnes, P.C.  His practice focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury litigation from inception of a case through trial.  As Special Counsel, his responsibilities include handling appeals on a state-wide basis for the firm’s five offices along with reviewing all dispositive motions and legal briefs.

Pajak was born and raised in Western New York.  He attended SUNY Buffalo graduating magna cum laude in 1989 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Law receiving his JD in 1992.

Pajak began his legal career as a law clerk in 1990 at a firm then called Grosse, Rossetti, Chelus, Herdzik & DiPasquale, P.C.  He became an associate attorney upon admission to the Bar in 1993 and then in 2000 was named a partner in the firm which became Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak, P.C.  His practice consisted of civil defense litigation including discovery, depositions, motion practice, trials and appeals in automobile negligence, premises liability cases, Labor Law and products liability matters.  He also litigated and provided analysis of complex insurance coverage issues. Pajak had his plaintiff’s epiphany in 2007 and joined Cellino & Barnes.

He has been a BAEC member since 1993 and is a past Chairman of the BAEC Negligence Committee (2010-2012).  Pajak is honored to have been the President of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York (2006).  He previously was a member of the Woman’s Bar Association of Erie County. 

He is a current member of the BAEC Judiciary Committee which evaluates, interviews and rates candidates for judicial office.  He belongs to the BAEC Appellate Practice Committee and the New York State Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and was its Treasurer in 2006.  He has been awarded a peer reviewed AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was selected to Super Lawyers in 2013.

While a civil defense attorney, Pajak frequently lectured and presented seminars to the Insurance Bar and industry on such topics as motor vehicle and premises liability, additional insured and contractual indemnity issues, uninsured and underinsured motorist law, disclaimers of insurance coverage and the Labor Law.  He authored an article for the New York State Bar Association JOURNAL entitled Not for the Faint of Heart, Additional Personal Injury Protection (APIP) Benefits.  More recently, he has lectured on appellate oral argument and motions for the BAEC Appellate Practice Committee. Pajak has been a Hearing Office for the Niagara Frontier Transportation (NFTA) Adjudication Board since 2006.

Outside of the legal field, Pajak was a board member of the Westminster Early Childhood Program, a member of its Endowment Committee from 2012-2014 and was also a member of the Nardin Academy Endowment Committee. Pajak and his husband David Pendley reside in Buffalo with their daughter, Ellie.

Tom Kawalec
Thomas P. Kawalec

Thomas P. Kawalec started his legal career in 1998 with the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer & Monte PC and was named a member in 2006. Over the course of his 22 years in practice, Tom has focused his practice primarily on the defense (and occasionally the prosecution) of variety of personal injury matters including products liability claims, Labor Law claims, and insurance coverage disputes.

Tom immigrated to the United States from Poland at the age of 10 wearing a sign with his name around his neck and almost no English in his vocabulary to join his parents, who had immigrated to Buffalo a year earlier. After an initial intensive course of learning English through watching Looney Tunes cartoons, Tom eventually graduated from Our Lady of Black Rock School and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1995 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Studies as well as a Minor in Polish Studies. Tom graduated from UB Law School in 1998, where he was awarded the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association’s 1998 Robert J. Connelly Award for “Excellence in Trial Advocacy”.

An active member of the Bar Association of Erie County, Tom has served on the Judiciary Committee for the last six years. Additionally, he has served as Treasurer for the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Western New York since 2011 and its Director from 2008 to 2011; Director for the Charles S. Desmond Inn of Court since 2009 and its Treasurer from 2007 to 2008. Tom has been named as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer each year since 2009. A native Polish speaker, Tom continues to provide legal counsel and services to Polish speaking residents of Western New York. Tom is an avid cook and fan of live music. He lives in Amherst with his equally avid concert-going, food and travel loving partner, Kelly Philips, and their children, John (“Jack”) and Caroline.

Barrett Sarama
Kelly Barrett Sarama

Kelly is a Supervising Attorney at the Center for Elder Law & Justice in the Healthcare Advocacy Unit. She represents clients in appeals and grievances involving Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Long Term Care, Medicare, and private health insurance companies. Kelly also serves in number of coalitions that advocate for clients’ healthcare rights in New York State. She has been an active member of the Bar Association of Erie County since 2015 and has served as Chair of the Elder Law Committee since 2018. Kelly is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where she participates in the Heath Law and the Elder Law and Special Needs Committees and is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

Kelly grew up in Western New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY at Buffalo, and her Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School. She was highlighted in the Buffalo News 2019 Prospectus issue as a “next generation” leader in her field. Kelly was also honored as a member of Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars from 2019 – 2020.

Outside of the office, Kelly is an active fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual Out of the Darkness Walk in Buffalo and previously sat on the Board of Directors for Preventionfocus, Inc. from 2017 – 2020.

Jenna Metzger Kimura
Jennifer Metzger Kimura

Jennifer Metzger Kimura is a Staff Attorney in the Civil Unit at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. where she serves as public defender in Buffalo City Housing Court. Jennifer defends homeowners against code violation citations, and defends homeowners throughout Erie County.  Additionally, Jennifer defends homeowners in the City of Buffalo’s In Rem Tax Foreclosure process and practices in the areas of landlord/tenant law and fair housing law. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Bureau, she was a Staff Attorney at Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME), a non-profit fair housing organization fighting housing discrimination in Western New York.  Jennifer is invested and passionate about preserving affordable housing throughout Western New York and often collaborates with other municipalities, nonprofit entities and advocacy organizations to educate and encourage development of affordable housing in local neighborhoods. 

Jennifer is a strong advocate for diversity. She collaborated to co-found a Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Legal Aid Bureau where she currently sits as Vice-Chair. She is an active member of the Bar Association of Erie County and is a member of the ECBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  Her ECBA Committee work further includes serving as chair to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s pipeline initiative efforts.  To that end, Jennifer helped develop a subcommittee to address pipeline initiatives that can prepare, steer and encourage minority students to seek careers in the field and practice of law. Jennifer’s board activities come from her years of experience in serving the Minority Bar Association of WNY where she held multiple positions, including serving as a previous Vice-President and Chair of the organization’s Judicial Ratings Committee. 

Jennifer was named one of WNY’s 40 under 40 by Buffalo Business First in 2017 and was recipient of the NYSBA’s prestigious Denison Ray Civil Awards for her exemplary work in civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers.

Jennifer resides in Lancaster, New York with her husband Kenji, and their two adorable sons, Benjamin and Andrew.  Outside of her legal work, Jennifer enjoys playing tennis, running, and spending time with family and friends.

John Condren
John R. Condren

For over 25 years, John Condren has been an active and participating Member of the Bar Association of Erie County.  He is currently employed as a Senior Trial Attorney with Barth Sullivan Behr, LLP, where he focuses on the defense of personal injury actions and insurance coverage claims in New York State and Federal Court at the trial and appellate levels.  He is a 1988 Bachelors’ of Arts graduate in Psychology from the University of Buffalo who obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1992.  He is admitted to practice in New York State, the US District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York, and the US Supreme Court.

Mr. Condren is a frequent presenter on topics associated with his practice areas.   He is a member of the BAEC Negligence Committee, the Defense Trial Lawyers Association of WNY, the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association (TICL Section), the Defense Research Institute, the Buffalo Claims Association, and the Defense Association of New York.

Mr. Condren is also an active volunteer having previously served on the Executive Boards of Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. and the Literacy Empowerment Action Plan of WNY, Inc. Currently, he is involved with the 11 Day Power Play, Inc., having the privilege of being an “Original 40” player in the 2017 world-record setting event for the longest continuously-played ice hockey game.  He continues to skate in the “Community Shift” events and further serves as an Executive Board Member and Secretary for the NFP Corporation.  He also volunteers with the Amherst Soccer Association and has acted as a mock trial judge for the BAEC High School mock trial tournament, the University of Buffalo and SUNY Geneseo college tournaments, and the University of Buffalo Law School tournament for the last 20 years. Mr. Condren resides in Amherst, New York with his Wife, Children and 2 dogs.

Marc Brown
Marc W. Brown

Marc W. Brown, partner with Goldberg Segalla LLP, and member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Practice Group Leadership, is one of the foremost real estate title litigation and coverage attorneys practicing in New York State.  Brown also concentrates his practice in real property tax certiorari proceedings, contractual disputes, personal injury, and collection enforcement.  Brown has experience in professional liability matters relating to commercial and residential real estate transactions, and has extensive appellate experience having argued approximately twenty appeals across three of the four New York State Supreme Court Appellate Divisions.  Brown has been selected by Best Lawyers in America for insurance litigation and is widely regarded as among the top title insurance litigators, with a reputation built on handling multi-million dollar title disputes involving large commercial real estate projects.  In addition, he has received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s Judicial and Peer Review Rating Program.

Brown received his BA and MBA from Binghamton University before returning to Buffalo to attend UB Law School where he was the President of the Moot Court Board and Executive Editor of the Human Rights Law Review.  Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla LLP, Brown clerked at the New State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester.  After his clerkship, Brown worked for Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester before moving back to Buffalo to work at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Brown was selected to Business Journals’ National List of Legal Influencers where he was recognized in an elite group of one hundred attorneys across the nation who are having an impact on the business of law in communities.  Brown is regularly selected to Super Lawyers for both the Upstate New York and New York City Metro markets.  He was previously named by Business First to its Legal Elite of Western New York list in commercial litigation, and was selected for its 40 Under Forty Award.  In addition, Brown was selected by the Daily Record as one of its Up & Coming Attorneys, and received Empire State Council recognition by the New York State Bar Association for his pro bono service.

Brown’s involvement with the BAEC included being a regular on its Speakers Bureau and the former You and the Law program on WBFO.  Most recently, Brown has been part of the BAEC Task Force on Real Property Needs.  Beyond the BAEC, Brown has been very involved in community and professional organizations on both the local and national level.  Locally, Brown served as President of the UB Law Alumni Association, and is currently a member of the UB Law Dean’s Advisory Council.  He is also a member of the Niagara Business Associates, a private association of business owners and senior executives in the Buffalo Niagara Region, and previously served as Co-President of the Kadimah School of Buffalo Board of Trustees.  Nationally, Brown served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”), Title Insurance Litigation Committee, and is currently on TIPS’s Scope and Correlation Committee.  In addition, he is a member of the Binghamton University Harpur College National Law Advisory Council Steering Committee.

Brown resides in the Town of Amherst with his wife, Shira, and their three children, David, Deborah, and Joshua.

Kara M. Addelman

Kara M. Addelman is a partner at Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak, LLP where she co-chairs the  Professional Liability Practice Group.  Addelman represents medical professionals, attorneys, insurance brokers, engineers and architects, and other professionals in litigated and licensing matters. In addition, Addelman specializes in municipal liability, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters in which she represents both defendants and plaintiffs in State and Federal Courts. Addelman frequently handles appeals and complex motions in high exposure matters. She also counsels clients regarding strategies to limit future exposure.

In addition to being a longtime member of the Bar Association of Eire County, Addelman spent a decade on the Board of Directors for the WNY Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY WNY), an organization devoted to the advancement of the status of women in society and in the legal profession and to the fair and equal administration of justice. Addelman served as WBASNY WNY’s 34th President, Treasurer, Secretary, State Director, Local Director and as Chair of the organization’s Awards, Membership, and Finance Committees. She is concluding her term as Immediate Past President and currently serves as Chair of the Nominations Committee. Addelman is also member of Minority Bar Association of WNY, Women Lawyers of WNY, New York State Bar Association, WNY Trial Lawyers, and the UB Law Alumni Association.

Addelman has been named to Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40, The Buffalo Law Journal’s Legal Elite Leaders, The Daily Record’s Top Women in Law, and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars.

A lifelong resident of Western New York, Addelman graduated from UB School of Law in 2008 where she served on The Buffalo Law Review. Addelman resides in Amherst with her husband and law partner Jesse Baldwin, their three children, Sam, Lena, and Nate, and their dog, Gus.

Peter Crotty
Peter J. Crotty

Peter J. Crotty is the Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Joseph R. Glownia, J.S.C., where he manages the litigation of all matters assigned to the Court.  He serves as the liaison between the Court and the litigants, overseeing cases from their inception throughout discovery, settlement negotiations, and  trial.  He advises the Court as to the factual circumstances, and legal merits of all matters pending before the Court.

Previously, Crotty served as Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Timothy J. Drury, J.S.C, where his responsibilities were similar to those described above.  Crotty also served for several years as Drury’s Confidential Law Clerk in Erie County Court, managing a robust docket of criminal cases.  In County Court, Crotty counseled the judge on various aspects of criminal matters ranging from arraignment and bail review, to pleas, suppression motions, discovery, trial procedure, and sentencing.  Crotty was also responsible for  the Court’s administration of NYS pistol permit applications, NYS Sex Offender Reclassification Act petitions, and the litigation of civil appeals from Buffalo City Court.

Crotty was also an Erie County Assistant District Attorney where he worked for several years as a prosecutor under District Attorney, Frank J. Clark, III.  As an ADA, Crotty took part in all phases of criminal prosecutions including felony trials ranging from grand larceny to homicide. He was co-chair in the trial and conviction of quadruple murderer Frank W. Murphy, who was sentenced to 50 years incarceration for a homicidal spree in 2001.  He also participated in  many training sessions as a student at the National District Attorneys Association in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Crotty lives with his wife, Amanda and three school-aged children in North Buffalo where he volunteered for many years with the Buffalo Bisons Hockey Organization as both a team manager and scorekeeper.  Crotty has also volunteered as a coach with Delaware Soccer Club, a mentor with Lawyers for Learning, and as a Moot Court Judge for competitions hosted by U.B. Law School.  He has also mentored numerous law students through his participation in the U.B. Law School summer law clerk internship program.

Prior to Law School, Crotty worked as a land surveyor, ironworker and college radio disc-jockey.  He is a guitarist, but has no illusions about leaving his day job, where he will continue to sharpen his focus on competent, professional and accommodating public service.

Mark Peszko
Mark J. Peszko

Mark Peszko, a graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, has been a sole practitioner in the City of Buffalo since 1989.  With an office in the Brisbane Building, his practice is focused on residential and commercial real estate, elder law, estates, small business matters, social security disability, and lower-level criminal defense. He also serves as a small claims property tax assessment review hearing officer in the Eighth Judicial District.

A thirty-year member of the Bar Association of Erie County, Mark currently serves on the Real Property Law, Criminal Law, and Lawyer Referral Committees. He is a member of the Assigned Counsel Panel, the New York State Defenders Association, and the New York State Bar Association.  He fondly recalls his participation for a number of years as a “cast member” in what was the Association’s Annual Bar Revue.as his most his enjoyable ECBA activity.

Proud of his Polish heritage and the neighborhood of his youth, Mark recently co-authored “Blackrock – A Pictorial History” published by the Grant-Amherst Business Association of which he has been a long-term member.  He is the Vice-President of the Blackrock History Museum, a member of the Western New York Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and a former Trustee of the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City. Mark has been a tenor with the Buffalo Gay Men’s chorus since 2003 and is Chairperson of its Nomination and Election Committees.  He lives in Parkside with his partner David Schopp, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo.

Sam Alba
Samuel A. Alba

Sam Alba is a junior partner with Friedman & Ranzenhofer, P.C., where he has worked since March of 2015. His practice areas include labor & employment (with a focus on wage & hour), criminal defense, plaintiffs’ personal injury, matrimonial and family law, municipal law and Article 78 proceedings, litigation, and class actions.  Sam also works as the village attorney and deputy village prosecutor for the Village of Depew.

Sam is the only incumbent candidate, in that he currently sits as an Elected Director of the Erie County Bar Association, where he has served for the last year. In his time as a Bar Director, Sam has worked to foster the relationship between U.B. Law School and the Bar Association and worked to promote complimentary bar memberships to law students. Providing mentorship and resources for young lawyers and law students is an issue that Sam cares about immensely and hopes to continue work on expanding, if he is fortunate enough to earn your vote.

Sam grew up in Yonkers, New York but has lived in the Western New York area since 2008, first in the City of Buffalo and then in Amherst, New York. He earned his B.S. in Legal Studies & Theater (Cum Laude) in 2011 from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College. He then attended U.B. Law School and earned his J.D. in 2014 with a concentration in Civil Litigation.

Sam is currently a board member of the U.B. Law Alumni Association’s G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Leadership Group, where he co-chairs the sponsorship committee and serves as Deputy Treasurer. Sam is also a member of the Bar Association of Erie County’s Young Lawyers’ Committee, Criminal Law Committee, and the Matrimonial and Family Law Committee. Sam is on the board of the W.N.Y. Media Professionals, where he sits on the committee overseeing the restoration of the Broadway Sattler Theater located at the intersection of Jefferson and Broadway on Buffalo’s East Side. He is a past president of the Williamsville P.T.S.A. Council and was the youngest person to ever hold this position.

During law school, Sam was the president of the Jewish Law Student Association (2013-2014), a member of two national trial teams, and a member of two Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court teams. Sam also regularly volunteers as a mock trial judge for the New York State Bar Association’s high school mock trial competition.  He currently resides in Williamsville with his wife, three children, two cats, and one slightly overweight (but dieting) Black Labrador. In his free time, Sam loves to play with his children, play guitar, and also enjoys skiing.

The silver lining of Sam’s quarantine has been that, while working from home, he gets to see his children’s smiling faces every time he takes a break, likely, to eat cookies.

Candidates for Nominating Committee

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Aaron Aisen
Aaron J. Aisen
Andrew Freedman
Andrew J. Freedman
Michael Kooshoian
Michael H. Kooshoian
Cheryl Meyers Buth
Cheryl Meyers-Buth

VOTING OPENS FRIDAY, MAY 29

Proposal to Amend BAEC By-Laws

After review by the BAEC’s Bylaw’s Committee, and upon resolution of the Board of April 14, 2020, the Association proposes and advances principally technical changes to various provisions of the BAEC Bylaws. Members will be asked to vote on these changes during the spring election for 2021 Board Candidates and Officers. The specific Bylaw changes can be viewed in their entirety by clicking the button below. A summary of the changes is set forth below.

The changes to the Bylaws conform the Bylaws to the most up to date not for profit legal standards in New York. These changes principally relate to how meetings are conducted and are generally technical in nature. The proposed Bylaws formally identify the role and composition of the Association’s Executive and Finance Committees The Bylaws also identify and provide a role for the Association’s immediate Past President to sit as an ex- officio non-voting member of the Executive and Finance Committees. Finally, the proposed Bylaws eliminate the duties of the Judiciary Committee to receive, consider and investigate complaints about the Judiciary.

Questions about the proposed changes may be directed by email to anoble@eriebar.org. If you are unable to view the proposed Bylaws on our website, please contact Susan Kohlbacher at 716-852-8687, ext 120 or skohlbacher@eriebar.org.

The Board of Directors recommend a vote “in favor” of the proposed changes to the Bylaws.

Voting Instructions

The polls will open at 9am on Friday, May 29, 2020. The polls will close at 5pm on Friday, June 26, 2020.

There are two ways you can vote:

  • Online
  • Mail-in ballot

Due to the ongoing health crisis, we will not be allowing in-person voting.

Voting Online

Online voting will commence Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9am, and will conclude at 5pm on Friday, June 26, 2020.

To vote online, click the button below. You will redirected to a new page. You will be required to log in. Your username is your name as it appears on the mailing label on the elections notice you received by mail, with all spaces removed. The username is case sensitive. Your password is your member number, also found on the mailing label.

The elections notice will be mailed to you by Friday, May 29.

Not sure of your login credentials? Email Sue Kohlbacher by clicking here.

Vote By Mail

Any member who so desires, for any reason, may vote at the Annual Meeting by using a proxy which shall be furnished upon a request being made by the member not more than thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting to the Executive Director. Mailed-in ballots must be received at the office of the Association, either by hand delivery or U.S. mail not later than 5pm on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Due to the ongoing health crisis and our efforts to maintain social distancing, we urge you to mail proxy ballots rather than drop them off in person.