RUSSERT--Tim. The New York State Bar Association mourns the passing of Tim Russert, who was first and foremost a journalist but also a lawyer who did not forget his roots. A Buffalo native and law school graduate, Mr. Russert elevated public discourse in America through his passion for government, the law and the public good. He inspired others and set a standard for excellence that all of us --whether lawyers, politicians or journalists can hold as a model. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. He will be missed.