BAEC Bulletin - May/June 2023

2023-2024 BAEC Election Candidates 8 | May/June 2023 | BAEC Bulletin CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT ELECT

Lauren E. Breen Executive Director, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

I am honored to be running for BAEC Vice President. Belonging to a bar association is one of the most valuable resources an attorney can have because bar associations create community. This is especially true here in WNY where our bar associations work so hard to connect and support us, whether we work at a firm, solo practice, law school, government agency or a free legal services office. During the pandemic’s very tough third year, the MBAWNY, BAEC and UB Law worked to host the first Empire State Legal Diversity Career Fair on UB’s North Campus. It was a beautiful, in-person, jampacked event that brought back a glimpse of normalcy and welcome camaraderie. Our bar associations made this possible. Come join us this year! I am aware of the invaluable behind the scenes work that the Erie County Bar Foundation performs for our friends and colleagues in the law, many of whom have no place to turn for support when in crisis. BAEC makes this possible and the Erie County Bar Foundation is there for us when in need. If your membership needs renewal, I urge you to return to the BAEC community to reconnect with other lawyers and celebrate the work that we all share as attorneys—helping people. If elected as BAEC Vice President, I pledge to work for all BAEC members to make this community even stronger. Win or lose, see you there, friends! Dear esteemed members, I’m honored to be a candidate for Vice President of the 2023-2024 Bar Association of Erie County (BAEC) Board of Directors, and I ask for your support. I recently served as a Director on the BAEC Board and serve as Chair of the Membership Committee. As Vice President, it’s my aim to further our diversity and inclusion efforts and promote initiatives that partner with other bar associations and increase our membership across Western New York. Importantly, I will also work to highlight and expand the work of our committees, as they are the heart of the BAEC, where lawyers foster engagement, camaraderie, and professional development. It’s my privilege to serve you and be a part of the BAEC with you. Outside of work, I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with family and friends. I reside in West Seneca and am a proud single parent of two beautiful boys. Beginning on May 15th, please cast your vote for me. Jennifer “Jenna” Metzger Kimura Assistant Attorney General, NYS Attorney General’s Office

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