Legal Referral Service Looks to Oregon for New Director

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A new executive director has been tapped by the New York City Bar to head the Legal Referral Service. George Wolff, most recently the Oregon State Bar's referral and information services manager, will replace the current executive director, Allen Charne, who is retiring at the end of this month after leading the New York program for 30 years (NYLJ, Sept. 25).

Wolff was a panelist in the Oregon referral service before being hired to lead it. His background includes business litigation in private practice in Portland and San Francisco and service on several bar association executive committees.

"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," Bret Parker, the City Bar executive director, said in a statement.

"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. I look forward to great opportunities ahead in the delivery of legal services," Wolff said in a statement. He will start in the position early next year.

The referral service—sponsored by both the New York City Bar, which manages the program, and the New York County Lawyers' Association—fields more than 75,000 calls and makes more than 23,000 referrals annually. The referral panel has approximately 600 attorneys.

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