Professor Ira Mark Bloom, the Justice David Josiah Brewer Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, has begun serving as Chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association for a one-year term during 2009-2010. As the first academic to serve as chair of the almost 5,000-member section, Professor Bloom will preside over a 16-committee Section pursuing a wide-range of issues.
"The Section is involved in all aspects of trusts and estates practice," said Professor Bloom. "We analyze topical issues, draft legislation and provide relevant continuing legal education to practitioners." He pointed to notable achievements of the Section, such as enactment of new power of attorney legislation that will be effective in 2009, and the creation of unified forms throughout the Surrogate's Court system referred to as "HOT DOCs."
Professor Bloom has taught at Albany Law School for 30 years, and before that for five years at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. He began his legal career as a trial and appellate attorney with the U. S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Honor's Program after graduating from Syracuse University College of Law.
Professor Bloom is a nationally-recognized expert in the estate planning field. His writings include numerous law review articles, eight co-authored national casebooks and Klipstein & Bloom, DRAFTING NEW YORK WILLS, a two-volume, 20-chapter work published by LexisNexis.