Pamela McDevitt
Pamela McDevitt ()

Pamela McDevitt, director of the law practice and technology group at the American Bar Association, has been named the new executive director of the New York State Bar Association.

The 74,000-member state bar has been looking for an administrative leader since David Watson announced his intention to resign at the end of the year to become head of Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NYLJ, Nov. 9, 2016).

McDevitt had been the state bar’s director of law practice management from 2006 to 2010, when she left to join the ABA. She was previously an attorney in private practice in Schenectady and was a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps.

State bar president Claire Gutekunst said in an announcement Tuesday that McDevitt’s experience at the state bar and in private practice in New York makes her the “perfect person to move the association forward toward our goals of serving our members, the legal profession and the public.”

McDevitt is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

The Albany-based bar has 125 employees and an annual budget of about $25 million.