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New York State Bar Association

Jun 2, 2021

Rochester attorney leads state bar

Rochester attorney T. Andrew Brown is the 124th president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Brown will serve a one-year term as president, succeeding Scott M. Karson of Stony Brook. Brown was sworn in by New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore last week in a private ceremony in the Richardson Courtroom at the Court of Appeals. “The […]

Jun 15, 2020

Report finds gender diversity lacking in courts

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has issued a report that notes a lack of gender diversity in the court system and includes several recommendations to address the issue. The NYSBA House of Delegates voted on Saturday to approve the report produced by the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Task Force on Women’s Initiatives. The report […]

Apr 8, 2020

Group makes recommendations to address lawyer shortage

  The New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates on Saturday adopted a report with recommendations to address the shortage of lawyers in rural areas of the state. The report was presented to the House of Delegates during an online video conference with 207 remote participants. The 39-page report from the Task Force on […]

Feb 26, 2020

State removes mental health questions from bar application

New York state court officials have agreed to remove mental health-related questions from the state bar application. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore made the announcement Wednesday during her State of the Judiciary address. New York is the 11th state to remove such questions from bar applications. The New York State Bar Association has been pushing for the […]

Nov 4, 2019

State bar wants to stop mental health questions

The New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) House of Delegates has adopted a report recommending the elimination of all mental health questions in the application for admission to the bar in New York state. The report was prepared by NYSBA’s Working Group on Attorney Mental Health and adopted at the House of Delegates meeting on […]

Oct 2, 2019

Hearing on UBE is Friday

A task force of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will hold a hearing in Rochester on Friday on the impact of the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in New York state three years ago. The hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the M. Dolores Denman Courthouse, 50 East Ave., […]

Sep 23, 2019

NYSBA to study legalization of recreational pot

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Cannabis Law will study potential legalization of adult recreational marijuana in the state and issue a report on possible impacts. Under the Compassionate Care Act of 2014, only New Yorkers with prescriptions from qualified medical providers may legally use marijuana to treat a limited number of […]

Jun 3, 2019

NYSBA installs new officers

Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg, of Albany, has become the 122nd president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Greenberg will serve a one-year term as president. He succeeds Michael Miller, of New York City. Sherry Levin Wallach, of White Plains, will serve her third one-year term as secretary. Domenick Napoletano, of Brooklyn, is treasurer.  Scott […]

Apr 24, 2019

Monroe County DA to implement conviction integrity unit

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley will implement a conviction integrity unit for her office, just as the New York State Bar Association approved a report that recommends conviction integrity units in every county. “I have been working to put together a conviction integrity unit, and have tasked my first assistant, Perry Duckles, with finalizing […]

Apr 1, 2019

NYSBA to study Uniform Bar Exam impact

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has fomed a task force to review New York’s bar examination in light of the state’s May 2015 adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which is now used by over 30 states. The Task Force on the New York Bar Examination will investigate and report on the […]

May 31, 2018

NYSBA calls for reform of criminal discovery rules

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Sharon Stern Gerstman on Thursday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to reform the state’s discovery law in criminal cases. “We urge that you recognize the critical need for significantly enhancing discovery in criminal justice matters by passing the State Bar Association’s bill, which would […]

Sep 18, 2017

State bar group to campaign for New York constitutional convention

The New York State Bar Association will kick off a campaign this week in support of a constitutional convention. New York voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to authorize a convention that could propose changes to the state Constitution. The state lawyers’ group is one of many organizations making arguments on both sides of […]

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