Ralph L. Halpern, J.D. 1953, was elected president for 2000-2001 of the Bureau of Jewish Education at its annual meeting. A partner of the Buffalo, NY, law firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, he is a member of the firm's corporate department and international trade group. He resides in Buffalo.
John P. Lane, J.D. 1953, was nominated to the State Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District, among six individuals nominated by NY Governor George Pataki to fill court vacancies. If approved by the Senate, he will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice M. Dolores Denman, J.D. 1965 & B.A. 1957. He lives in Amherst, NY.
James Youker, M.D. 1954, professor and chairman of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the new president of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). He will serve as president of the board's executive committee, presiding over executive and general membership meetings and serving on national councils. Currently, he practices at the Froedtert & Medical College Radiology Department, where he specializes in chest radiology, cardiac radiology and mammography. The ABMS establishes standards for the approval of new medical specialties and subspecialties and establishes criteria for admission to the certification process and standards for recertification in specialties.