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Buffalo lawyer named state bar president elect

Sharon Stern Gerstman, a widely known Buffalo lawyer, has been named president-elect designee of the New York State Bar Association, officials confirmed Monday. The House of Delegates, the bar association’s governing body, elected Gerstman during its 139th annual meeting in Manhattan. She will begin a one-year term as president-elect on June 1 and become president of the 74,000-member bar association, the nation’s largest voluntary state bar association, on June 1, 2017.

Stern Gerstman is of counsel to the Buffalo firm of Magavern Magavern Grimm, concentrating on mediation, arbitration and appellate practices. She is a 34-year-member of the state bar and was president of the Erie County Bar Foundation in 2002 and 2003. For years she was law clerk for now-retired State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mintz. Stern Gerstman is a graduate of Brown University and obtained her law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She holds a master’s degree from Yale Law School.