Jamestown Bar Association

President: Patrick J. Slagle

Patrick Slagle is a Supervising Attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York.  After attending and graduating from The University at Buffalo Law School, Patrick passed the New York State Bar Exam.  Patrick is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, The United States District Court for the Western District of New York, and The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.  Patrick practices general law, but focuses on the areas of landlord/tenant, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.  Patrick is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is a board member of the Jamestown Public Schools.

Program Director: Lydia A. Caylor

Lydia Allen Caylor practices with the law firm of Burgett & Robbins, LLP, in the areas of personal injury, civil litigation, estate planning and administration, and matrimonial and family law. Ms. Caylor is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as in the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Jamestown Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. A native of Kentucky, Ms. Caylor now resides in the Jamestown area with her husband and two children.

Vice President: Todd Thomas

Todd Thomas is a solo practitioner in Jamestown, New York, focusing on criminal defense, family law and housing cases. A 2004 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, he spent over ten years in public interest practice as a lawyer and manager. Prior to lawyering, he worked as a grassroots organizer for an Adirondack nonprofit, taught political science, wrote science fiction and advised political campaigns. He holds an MS from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a BA from SUNY Potsdam.

Secretary/Treasurer: Laurie M. Beckerink

Laurie lives in Clymer, New York, and she works in the Jamestown and Olean offices. Before joining Lewis & Lewis, P.C., Laurie was an Assistant District Attorney for Chautauqua County for 7 years. Laurie has extensive trial experience, and her practice is now focused on civil litigation and workers’ compensation. Laurie is a graduate of  St. Andrews Presbyterian College and SUNY at Buffalo-Law School.

Laurie likes to spend her weekends reading and camping with her husband and two sons.

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