Young Mayden Tapped by New York State Bar to Find New Leader

February 15, 2017 – Executive search firm Young Mayden was recently retained by the New York State Bar Association to lead its search for a new executive director. Pamela McDevitt is expected to be named to the post within the next few days. Search firm founder Barbara Mayden, who specializes in executive searches for the legal community, led the assignment. The executive director is the organization’s chief administrative officer responsible for leading and managing the affairs of the Association, including implementing its policies, executing its goals and maintaining financial stability.

The chosen leader will manage interactions between the Association and the court system as well as the legislative and executive branches of state government. Candidates must possess extensive decision-making skills and an ability to organize and manage collective decision-making processes.

The 72,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876. The goals of the association are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, to promote reform in the law, to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession.


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Young Mayden is one of a growing cadre of boutique search firms providing recruitment services in the areas of legal search and consulting. Its principals, Kenneth E. Young and Ms. Mendel, have years of experience practicing business and employment law at several different regional and national law firms, including Bass, Berry & Sims; Skadden Arps; White & Case; King & Spalding; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In addition, they have years of senior leadership experience in the American Bar Association, where they have worked with many of America’s top attorneys and bar leaders ….. Here’s some further reading from Hunt Scanlon Media.

North Carolina Bar Assn. Taps Young Mayden to Find Director
Young Mayden, LLC was selected last year by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) to lead its search for an executive director. Ken Young led the assignment. The NCBA, a voluntary statewide organization composed of more than 19,500 lawyers, paralegals and law students founded 1899 is one of the largest bar associations in the country.

Milwaukee Bar Taps Spano Pratt for Next Leader
Spano Pratt Executive Search was selected earlier this month by the Milwaukee Bar Association to lead its search for a new executive director. James Temmer has recently left the organization to become CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin. Co-founder and managing partner Jamie Pratt is leading the assignment.


Legal recruiting generally has been booming this year. According to Hunt Scanlon Medialawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses, and all levels of government require legal services in the U.S. and internationally as global economies expand.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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