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DEADLINE TO APPLY: Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship
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When: 9/30/2013

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New York State Bar Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunity
Available to Second- and Third-year Students Attending Law Schools in New York State

The New York Bar Foundation announces that applications are available for The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship. An annual scholarship, valued at $1,500, will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Ms. Tharp—academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law. This year’s scholarship will be applied to the student’s 2013/2014 academic year tuition.

The deadline for submission of applications is September 30, 2013. Scholarship guidelines and an application can be accessed at or by calling 518/487-5651.

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of former community leader and attorney, Lorraine Power Tharp, who previously served as president of the New York State Bar Association (2002-03) and as chair of the Real Property Law Section.

Ms. Tharp was born in Staten lsland, but grew up in Massena, New York. She graduated from Smith College, after spending her junior year in Geneva, Switzerland at the Institute des Hautes Etudes Internationales, and received her J.D. from Cornell Law School. Following graduation, she worked in New York City with the firm of Wickes, Riddell, Bloomer, Jacobi & McGuire (subsequently merged into Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) where she was the firm’s first female associate attorney. She moved to the Capital District and worked at McNamee Lochner Titus and Williams, where she was also that firm’s first female associate. At the time of her death, Ms. Tharp was a partner in the firm of Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, in Albany, and was the chair of the firm’s real estate practice group.

Elected in 1994 to membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Ms. Tharp was a fellow, director and treasurer of The New York Bar Foundation and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She also was a member of the American Bar Association, where she served as a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and a member of the Albany County and Saratoga County bar associations.

"The Real Property Law Section is pleased to provide this scholarship in honor of Ms. Tharp,” states Mindy Stern, Secretary of the Section and Managing Partner of Schoeman Updike Kaufman Stern & Ascher LLP. "All of us can and should support The Bar Foundation’s charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession, and to have a positive impact on students. This is a bittersweet but wonderful opportunity for our Section to do so in Lorraine’s memory.”

To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation and how you can support its charitable programs, go to, phone 518/487-5651 or email

The Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association serves New York real property lawyers and the public, promotes the successful transaction of real estate business in New York State, and contributes to the sound development of real property law in New York State.