NYCLA Committee Descriptions


 
ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW 
Studies all matters of law involving the shipping industry.

 

ANIMAL LAW
Focuses on legal issues affecting animals and persons with an interest in animals, including the intersection of animal law and other practice areas such as criminal, housing, tort, trusts and estates, matrimonial and international law.

 

APPELLATE COURTS 
Studies the structure and workings of the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division of the State of New York.

 

ARBITRATION AND ADR 
Studies all matters affecting the field of arbitration, mediation, conciliation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including review of current and proposed legislation.

 

ART
The committee’s purpose is to elicit the talents of members who pursue artistic endeavors.

 

BANKING 
Focuses on legal and regulatory matters pertaining to banking and commercial finance.

 

BANKRUPTCY LAW 
Concerns itself with procedure and business of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, including the practice before bankruptcy judges.  It also  focuses on the particular problems and issues that arise in bankruptcies.  The committee reviews Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code and other changes in rules that would have an impact on consumer debtors.

 

CIVIL COURT PRACTICE SECTION
Works closely with the public and private sectors in dealing with all issues related to the Civil Court.
*Section dues $25.00

 

CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
Reviews legislation and matters affecting rights guaranteed by the New York State and Federal constitutions.

 

CONDEMNATION LAW 
Attorneys who specialize in this area review current developments.

 

CONSTRUCTION LAW 
Explores current legal issues affecting owners, contractors and design professionals in connection with public and private construction projects.

 

CORPORATION LAW 
Reviews state and federal legislation and all matters pertaining to corporation law.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION
Studies and proposes reforms of the criminal justice system. Presents forums on topics of current interest and sponsors training seminars to enhance the caliber of practice in the criminal law field. 
*Section dues $25.00

 

CYBERSPACE
Addresses issues such as privacy, security, biometrics, jurisdiction, B2B, auctions, franchising, e-contracting, and ubiquitous molecular computing within the borderless environment of cyberspace. 

 

EDUCATION LAW COMMITTEE 
The committee explores legal and policy issues relating to public and private schools (pre-school to university level) and related education issues, including those dealing with teachers, administrators and students.

 

ELDER LAW 
Studies issues pertaining to the legal needs of elderly persons, including Medicaid, Medicare and other health benefits, trusts and estates, guardian-ships, advance directives and consumer rights.

 

ELECTION LAW 
Monitors proposed changes in the present New York Election Law and makes recommendations on proposed legislation.

 

ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPORTS LAW SECTION
Focuses on legal issues and legislation in the media, communications, entertainment, sports and intellectual property fields. 
*Section dues $25.00

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 
Studies all matters relating to natural resources, environmental issues and conservation efforts, and related legislation.

 

ESTATES TRUSTS SECTION
Reviews legislation and inquires into and makes recommendations regarding issues affecting the administration of the Surrogate's Court. 
*Section dues $25.00

 

FAMILY COURT AND CHILD WELFARE 
Concerns itself with legislation and substantive law, the conduct of the judiciary, and general matters regarding the Family Court.

 

FEDERAL COURTS 

Concerns itself with legislation, procedure and business of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of  New York, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the facilities of the Federal courthouse.

 
FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW 
Reviews legislation and all questions of international law.

 

FUTURES AND DERIVATIVES
The Futures and Derivatives Committee, NYCLA's newest addition, will focus on both national and international laws and regulations dealing with regulations of futures, foreign exchange (Forex), derivatives, and capital markets activities for exchanges and over-the-counter markets.  The committee looks to engage its members with developments in laws relating to the futures and derivatives markets, in addition to establishing and maintaining connections with industry leaders and governmental representatives.

 

GOVERNMENT COUNSEL 
Focuses on issues and problems that are common among lawyers who work for governmental and quasi-governmental entities at the federal, state and local levels.

 

HEALTH LAW
The committee concerns itself with developments in all aspects of health law, including patients’ rights, medical malpractice, medical insurance, and private and government health benefit plans.

 

IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY
Concerns itself with legislation, regulations and practice issues.

 

INSURANCE LAW
The committee considers legislation, decisions, and practices in the insurance field, aids those practicing law involving insurance issues, and monitors developments regarding lawyers’ professional liability insurance.

 

JUDICIAL SECTION
Provides the Association and its committees with important input from members of the judiciary.

 

LABOR RELATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Invites guest speakers to discuss a wide variety of labor and employment issues and organizes CLE programs. The focus depends on the meeting and the topic, but includes both management and labor/employee issues. Membership is open to both sides of the bar. Recent law grads and law students are encouraged to join and attend meetings.

 
LAW AND LITERATURE
Discusses law and literature issues of interest in books, plays, short stories and poems. 

 

LAW-RELATED EDUCATION 
Formulates and implements programs to acquaint students and the community with the legal and judicial system.

 

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER ISSUES IN THE LAW
Focuses on issues relating to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons in the legal profession and in society.

 
MATRIMONIAL LAW SECTION
Works on projects designed to improve the law and the administration of justice in the matrimonial law area.
*Section dues $25.00

 

MINORITIES AND THE LAW 
Examines all issues of relevance to minority attorneys and law students.  Oversees the Minority Judicial Internship Program of the Association.

 

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
Focuses on the point where law, government and politics intersect; reviews and comments on proposed City legislation, rules and regulations; and invites noted experts and government officials to discuss these matters.

 

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Concerns itself with the legal questions raised by the operation and formation of non-profit organizations, as well as matters related to the funding of those organizations.

 

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE 
Studies all matters affecting professional licensing and discipline, including the standards for adjudging professional misconduct and available mechanisms for improving professional conduct.

 

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS 
Responds to inquiries from lawyers with respect to the ethical propriety of their own proposed conduct

 

REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
Designed for attorneys involved with any aspect of real estate law.  
*Section dues $25.00

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGES 
Reviews recent developments in the regulation of securities both state and federal.

 

SENIOR LAWYERS
The Committee seeks to foster collegiality, provide educational programs and enhance the quality of life among its members.

 

SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE
Supports solo and small firm practitioners through improving the quality of the professional lives of its members; advising practitioners about programs and available services; sponsoring free evening seminars; and maintaining a mentoring program to assist less experienced practitioners.

 

SUPREME COURT 
Reviews legislation and recommends action regarding procedure, business and facilities of the Supreme Court.

 

TAXATION 
Proposes and reviews legislation on questions pertaining to federal, state and municipal taxation.

 

TORT LAW SECTION
Designed to attract both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ lawyers who are involved in any tort-related practice. 
*Section dues $25.00

 

TRADE REGULATION
Examines issues relating to antitrust, civil RICO, unfair advertising and unfair competition laws.

 

WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Works to assure equal rights and opportunities for women in the legal profession and in society.

 

YOUNG LAWYERS’ SECTION
Seeks to facilitate the transition of law students, law graduates and newly admitted attorneys into the profession by providing a comfortable forum for the exchange of ideas.