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George D. Wolff Named Executive Director of Legal Referral Service


Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman
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George D. Wolff Named Executive Director of Legal Referral Service

New York, December 5, 2013 – George D. Wolff will join the New York City Bar Association as Executive Director of the Legal Referral Service (LRS), succeeding Al Charne, who is retiring at the end of this month.

Wolff is currently Referral & Information Services Manager at the Oregon State Bar, where he has been since 2007.  He previously worked as a business litigator in private practice in Portland and San Francisco, and was a panelist on the Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service before being hired to run it. He has served on several bar association executive committees, as a non-profit board member and Chair, and was active in the California Conference of Delegates. He currently serves as Lawyer Referral and Information Services Editor for the ABA’s Dialogue magazine, and is a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services. Wolff has presented to the National Association of Bar Executives, the National Council of Bar Presidents, and at ABA National Lawyer Referral Workshops.

“As someone who has extensive legal services experience himself, and who is active in the legal referral community, frequently writing and speaking on the topic, George is just the kind of leader we’ve been looking for to succeed Al,” said City Bar Executive Director Bret I. Parker.

“I am thrilled to join such a renowned organization and honored to follow Al Charne, a pillar of the legal referral services community who established the Legal Referral Service as a national leader in the field,” said Wolff. “I look forward to great opportunities ahead in the delivery of legal services.”

The LRS, co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association and managed by the City Bar, matches callers with vetted attorneys in dozens of legal areas. The service was started in 1946, and Charne has been the Director since 1983.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the legal profession, promoting reform of the law and access to justice, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association, through its 24,000 members, continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.