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M1535975ALBANY, NY— McNamee Lochner P.C. is pleased to announce that Barry D. Kramer has joined the firm as Of Counsel, working in the Firm’s mediation and arbitration practice groups.

In 1968, Justice Kramer graduated from the Albany Law School as Salutatorian of his class. He was a member of the Justinian Society and Articles Editor of the Albany Law Review. Following graduation, he began his legal career at Higgins, Roberts, Beyerl & Coan. After 25 years, Justice Kramer left the law firm as Partner and President to become the Schenectady County Surrogate. During his tenure as Surrogate, Justice Kramer also served as a full-time acting Supreme Court Justice. In 2010, he was elected as a Supreme Court Justice in the 4th Judicial District.

Justice Kramer received the Harold E. Koreman Award in 2001 for recognition for commitment to the Administration of Justice with Fairness and Compassion from the NYS Trial Lawyers Association. In 2018, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Schenectady County Bar Association. In total, Justice Kramer has served 50 years in the law – 25 years in private practice and 25 years on the bench.

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Managing Partner, Scott Barbour, will be speaking on “Handling a Federal Court Deposition: Difference Between State and Federal” on November 2, 2106, in Albany. This accredited Continuing Legal Education presentation is being offered by the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Section, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association as part of a larger program on the Handling and Taking Depositions.

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Scott Barbour and David J. Wukitsch have been invited by the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York to serve as Mediators in the Court’s new Mandatory Mediation Program which begins January 1, 2014. Mediators were invited to serve based on prior ADR experience and upon the recommendation of the Judges of the Court. Mr. Barbour also served on the ADR Committee of the Northern District which developed the Mediation Program.