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Jeffrey Unaitis

Jeffrey Unaitis

Executive Director

Onondaga County Bar Association

Years in current role: 10

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The OCBA has continued to play an extremely important role during the past year of the pandemic, informing and educating our members about changes to the courts in response to restrictions and, most recently, changes in operations. We feel that we’ve provided a consistent and clear source of information and education for the benefit of our members and the community at large.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

Like many smaller organizations, we faced a temporary furlough of staff, followed by part-time resumption — all while trying to maintain a level of membership services and communication.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?

Post-pandemic, I do believe the changes the pandemic wrought will continue to be embraced by the legal community and the courts — so Zoom meetings and virtual court appearances will be the future, with further refinements along the way.

What advice would you give law students who are graduating this year?

Be flexible. Be patient.

What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?

Holding our first all-Bar function with a couple of hundred members reconnecting and celebrating our profession.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 50 Law list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at