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The longtime director of the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service has announced his plans to retire.
Allen Charne, executive director of the service—sponsored by both the New York City Bar, which manages the program, and the New York County Lawyers’ Association—will step down after being at the helm for nearly 30 years.
Charne, 66, said in an interview he plans to spend time with his family. “It’s a good time for me,” Charne said, adding that in his job, he has worked with “some of the really top lawyers.”
The referral service fields over 75,000 calls annually and makes over 23,000 referrals, said Charne, who oversees a staff of 10 attorneys. The service offers referrals in a wide range of practice areas, including criminal defense, matrimonial and personal injury. There are approximately 600 attorneys on the referral panel, said Charne.
He is the second person to oversee the service, which was launched in 1946. Although Charne has not scheduled his last day, he said he would like to step down by the end of the year after assisting his successor with the transition.
Interested applicants should contact Georgiana Hsu-Luk, the city bar’s human resources director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.