Seymour W. James, Jr. Named President-Elect Of New York State Bar Association

Seymour W. James, Jr., Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society, has been named president-elect of the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association. James was elected at the 134th Annual Meeting by the House of Delegates, the Association’s decision and policy-making body. He will begin his one-year term as president on June 1, 2012. As Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice, the largest public defender organization in the country and the primary indigent defender in the City, he is responsible for the Society's criminal defense trial, parole revocation defense, appellate and post-conviction criminal practices.

Active in the State Bar since 1978, James has served as treasurer since June 2008. He is a member of the House of Delegates, the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Special Committee on Strategic Planning. Within the Criminal Justice Section, James serves as a member-at-large of its Executive Committee. He is a fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Defenders Association.

James is a past president of the Queens County Bar Association and has served on a number of that Association’s committees, including its Judiciary Committee. He is also a member of the Macon B Allen Black Bar Association and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.

In addition to his bar association activities, James is a member of Chief Judge Lippman’s Justice Task Force, the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission, the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department, the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Second Judicial Department and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Second Judicial Department. He also serves as the secretary of the Correctional Association. James received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law.