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NEW YORK COUNTY LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS As Adopted May 23, 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Article 1 Membership
Article 2 Dues
Article 3 Officers
Article 4 The President
Article 5 The President-Elect
Article 6 The Vice President
Article 7 The Secretary
Article 8 The Treasurer
Article 9 Board of Directors
Article 10 Meetings of the Association
Article 11 Elections
Article 12 Standing and Special Committees and Sections of the Association
Article 13 General Provisions Concerning Sections and Committees
Article 14 No Campaigning of Lobbying
Article 15 Committee on Nominations
Article 16 Amendments
Article 17   Appendix A
ARTICLE I
MEMBERSHIP


Section 1.
Membership. Membership in the Association shall be open to all lawyers admitted to practice in the State of New York and to others as authorized by the Board of Directors.

Section 2.
Classes of Membership.The Board of Directors shall create such classes of membership as it deems desirable and appropriate, provided, however, that all lawyers admitted to practice in the State of New York shall be eligible for a class of membership entitled to all the privileges of the Association, including voting, holding office and participating on committees.

Section 3.
Honorary Members. Such persons distinguished for public service or eminence in the law as the Board of Directors shall from time to time elect, shall be honorary members of the Association. Honorary members shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office and shall be exempt from the payment of dues.

Section 4.
Application for Membership.Application for membership in the Association shall be made on forms prepared by the Association, which shall be subscribed by the applicant and shall be accompanied by payment of any required dues.

Section 5.
Removal, Reinstatement, Resignation.A member shall automatically be removed from membership in the event of a final court order of disbarment or suspension of the member from the practice of law in New York State or in any jurisdiction in which such person's membership in the Bar forms the basis for membership in this Association. Any member removed from membership under the terms of this Section may be reinstated as a member by vote of the Board of Directors. A member may resign from membership in the Association by submitting a resignation in writing to the Executive Director or Secretary of the Association, without any adjustment of dues. A person's membership in the Association may also be terminated by failure to pay any required dues as provided in Article 2 of these By-laws.


ARTICLE 2
DUES

Section 1.
The dues applicable to each class of membership shall be in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Directors, and no change in dues shall take effect until sixty (60) days after notification to members. The dues shall be payable upon such terms and conditions as the Board of Directors shall prescribe.

Section 2.
The Board of Directors may establish policies and procedures to enable a member to qualify for a remission or reduction of dues for hardship reasons.


ARTICLE 3
OFFICERS


Section 1.
The Officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer all of whom, except as provided in Section 2 below, shall be elected annually from among the membership as provided in Article 11 of these By-laws. All of the Officers shall take office at the close of each annual meeting. The Officers installed at each annual meeting shall hold their respective offices until the next annual meeting.

Section 2.
The President may serve no more than two (2) one-year terms. In the event that the President is elected to a second one-year term, the President-Elect and the Vice President shall also serve for a second one-year term. The President-Elect shall be installed as President for a one-year term at any annual meeting at which the President shall not have been re-elected. The Vice President shall be installed as President-Elect for a one-year term at any annual meeting at which the President-Elect shall not have been re-installed.

Section 3.
In the event of a vacancy in any office (other than President or President-Elect) before the expiration of the term of office, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor who shall hold office until the next annual meeting. If the vacancy is in the office of the President, the President-Elect shall succeed to that office; if, in the office of President-Elect, the Vice President shall succeed to that office.

Section 4.
In the event of permanent disability of an Officer, the office may be declared vacant by the Board of Directors. Permanent disability shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 5.
In the event of temporary or permanent disability of an Officer, the Board of Directors may appoint a member of the Association to act in the place of such Officer with all of the powers of that office while such disability continues; provided, however, that in the case of the President, only the President-Elect may be appointed; and in the case of the President-Elect, only the Vice President may be appointed.

Section 6.
The Officers shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them from time to time by the Board of Directors, in addition to those set forth in these By-laws.


ARTICLE 4
THE PRESIDENT


Section 1.
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and shall generally supervise and direct its affairs. The President shall preside at meetings of the Association and of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.
The President shall present to the annual meeting of the Association a report of its activities during the year, which shall include a summary of matters recommended for action.

Section 3.
Except for the Committee on Nominations, the President shall appoint the members and chairs of all standing and special committees and all sections.  The President shall be a member of all sections and committees.

Section 4.
The President shall approve or disapprove reports relating to pending or proposed legislation or proposed regulations submitted by committees or sections.

Section 5.
The President may from time to time delegate to the President-Elect or the Vice President the performance of any of the President's duties.

Section 6.
In the event of dispute or ambiguity, the President shall interpret the meaning of these By-laws.


ARTICLE 5
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

 
The President-Elect shall be a member of all committees and sections, shall preside at all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors in the absence of the President and may exercise the powers and authority delegated to the President-Elect from time to time by the President or assigned by the Board of Directors.


ARTICLE 6
THE VICE PRESIDENT


The Vice President shall perform such duties as may be delegated to him or her by the President or assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors


ARTICLE 7
THE SECRETARY


Section 1.
The Secretary of the Association shall also be Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.
The Secretary shall keep the records of the Association, shall keep the records of all of its proceedings, shall keep an accurate roll of officers and members of the Association, shall be the custodian of its seal, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 8
THE TREASURER


Section 1.
The Treasurer shall have general charge of the funds of the Association, subject to the control of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.
The Treasurer shall collect the dues, report at each regular meeting of the Board of Directors as required, and also make an annual financial report at the annual meeting of the Association. The accounts of the Association shall be audited annually or more often in such manner as the Board of Directors may direct.

Section 3.
The Treasurer shall have charge of the insurance carried by the Association, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, and keep all policies and other documents relating thereto.


ARTICLE 9
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Section 1.
The Board of Directors shall consist of: (a) thirty (30) members of the Association elected as provided in Section 2 of this Article, and (b) the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, and (c) past Presidents of the Association to the extent provided for in Section 6 of this Article, and (d) the Chair of the New York County Lawyers' Association Foundation, Inc. and (e) up to three (3) additional members appointed by the President for a term ending at the next annual meeting following such appointment.

Section 2.
The members of the Board of Directors described in Section 1(a) shall be divided into three classes. Ten (10) members shall be elected annually as provided in Article 11 of these By-laws and shall take office at the conclusion of the annual meeting at which they are elected for a term of three (3) years. Vacancies shall be filled by election at each annual meeting for the remainder of the term. If a vacancy occurs during the year prior to an annual meeting, a successor shall be chosen by the Board of Directors to serve until the next annual meeting. Any vacancy occurring with respect to Directors appointed pursuant to Section 1(e) shall be filled by the President.

Section 3.
A member of the Association elected to the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 1(a) shall not be eligible for reelection pursuant to Section 1(a) at the third annual meeting following such election.

Section 4.
The Board of Directors shall convene for a regular meeting at least once in each month, except in the months of July and August. Twelve (12) members shall constitute a quorum. The President may at any time call a special meeting of the Board of Directors and shall do so at the request of five (5) of its members, upon not less than seven (7) days notice to all members of the Board of Directors.

Section 5.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held on the second Monday of the month except if the second Monday is a holiday or for other good reason, then the meeting shall be held on a date selected by the President.

Section 6.
The five (5) most recent past Presidents of the Association shall be members of the Board of Directors, with voting rights so long as they remain members of the Association. For all other past Presidents of the Association who remain members of the Association, the Secretary of the Association shall dispatch to the last address of such Presidents on file with the Association, within ten (10) days of the annual meeting, this Section of these By-Laws together with a form dated the date of dispatch, on which an election to be a member of the Board of Directors for the ensuing year may be made. The form shall state in bold letters: "Must Be Received by the Secretary Within Thirty Days of Sending By The Association." Upon written notice of such election delivered to the Secretary within thirty (30) days following such dispatch, each of these past Presidents shall, without limit as to the number of times, become a member of the Board of Directors, with voting rights, for a term of one year from the date of such annual meeting.

Section 7.
The Board of Directors shall have general management of the affairs of the Association, and shall be charged with the duty of conducting such affairs in a manner consistent with the exclusively educational and charitable purpose of the Association, and in conformity with the policy that in all the activities of the Association, the promotion of the public interest is to be primary and paramount. The Board of Directors may authorize contracts to be made on behalf of the Association by one or more of the officers or by any committee of the Board of Directors or section or committee of the Association. The Board of Directors shall have power to make such rules and regulations and take such action not inconsistent with the Certificate of Incorporation of the Association and these By-laws as it may deem advisable. The Board of Directors shall have power to adopt the seal of the Association.

Section 8.
In addition to the authority conferred under Article 12 Section 1 of these By-laws, the Board of Directors may from time to time adopt measures for coordinating the work of committees of the Board of Directors and committees and sections of the Association. Except as otherwise provided in these By-laws, the Board of Directors shall have power to provide for the determination of conflicts of jurisdiction or other controversies involving committees and sections.

Section 9.
The Board of Directors shall have control of the custody, investment, expenditure and disposal of all property of the Association.

Section 10.
The Board of Directors may from time to time appoint one or more persons as Assistant Secretary or as Assistant Treasurer who need not be members of the Association, to assist the Secretary or the Treasurer, and may employ other persons to perform such duties as may be assigned by the Board.

Section 11.
The Board of Directors may designate from its members an Executive Committee, which shall include the Officers of the Association.  A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of half its members.  The Executive Committee shall act with the full powers of the Board of Directors during the Board of Directors’ recess in July and August or in any emergency situation.  The Board of Directors may also designate by resolution other standing committees of the Board of Directors, each of which shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. Each such committee shall consist of three (3) or more Directors and each, to the extent provided by the resolution, shall have the authority designated by the Board of Directors within the limits permitted by law. Each such committee shall keep minutes of its proceedings and report the same to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall fill vacancies in any such committee and may designate one or more Directors as alternate members of any such committee who may replace any absent member or members at any meetings of any such committee.

Section 12.
The Board of Directors may create such special committees of the Board of Directors as may be deemed desirable, each of which shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The members of each such committee shall be appointed by and vacancies shall be filled by the President, unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors in the creation of such committee. Such special committees of the Board of Directors shall have only the powers specifically delegated to them by the Board of Directors and in no case shall any such committee have powers that are not legally authorized for standing committees of the Board of Directors. Each such special committee shall keep minutes of its proceedings and report the same to the Board of Directors.

Section 13.
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if all Board of Directors or Executive Committee members file written consent to a resolution authorizing the action with the relevant minutes of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee. Any one or more members of the Board of Directors or of the Executive Committee may participate in a meeting of the Board of Directors or Executive Committee by conference telephone or similar communications equipment allowing all participants in the meeting to hear each other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence at a meeting. Any action of the Board of Directors or of the Executive Committee may be taken by a unanimous written consent evidenced by a written consent mailed to the Association or by a consent sent electronically by such member of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.


ARTICLE 10
MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION


Section 1.
The annual meeting of the Association shall be held on the fourth Thursday in May in each year or for a valid reason on such other date selected by the President within four weeks after the fourth Thursday in May, at which the order of business shall include the holding of elections, the reading of reports as directed by the President, and the conduct of such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Section 2.
The Board of Directors shall have power to call special meetings of the Association for any purpose. Special meetings of the Association shall also be called upon the written request of one hundred (100) active members for the purposes specified in the request to be held not less than two (2) nor more than three (3) months from the date of such written request. The President is also authorized to call a Special Meeting of the Association.

Section 3.
Notice of annual or special meetings of the Association may be served upon the members by publication in a newspaper published in New York County once a week for three successive weeks next preceding the date of the meeting, or in the discretion of the President, by any other method permitted by law, or electronically.

Section 4.
At all annual or special meetings of the Association a quorum shall consist of the presence, in person or by proxy, of not less than one hundred (100) members. Any meeting may be adjourned by a majority vote of those present to a future date, of which notice shall be given to the extent required by law or electronically, or in the discretion of the President, by any method permitted by law or electronically.

Section 5.
The most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern meetings of the Association, unless otherwise provided by these By-Laws.


ARTICLE 11
ELECTIONS


Section 1.
Except as otherwise expressly provided in these By-laws, all members of the Board of Directors, all Officers and all members of the Committee on Nominations shall be elected by the members of the Association who are entitled to vote.

Section 2.
The Committee on Nominations shall annually make nominations for those Officers and Directors of the Association to be elected at the next annual meeting of the Association. Upon thirty (30) days notice to the membership of the Association as to the meeting date, the Committee on Nominations shall meet between the first day of January and the first Thursday of February for the purpose of electing a chair for that year and to conduct an open meeting for the purpose of receiving nomination recommendations. The Committee shall thereafter make nominations. The Committee shall nominate the Officers for the Association and advise them of the fact of their nomination. The Committee shall nominate (a) ten (10) candidates for membership to the Board of Directors to serve a term of three (3) years pursuant to Article 9 and (b) such additional candidates for membership to the Board of Directors as may be required to fill any vacancies for the unexpired terms of such predecessors. The Chair of the Committee on Nominations shall advise the Secretary of such nominations not less than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the annual meeting.

Section 3.
Any one hundred (100) members of the Association who are entitled to vote may, by writing delivered at the office of the Secretary of the Association not less than sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting, propose candidates for any or all of the offices or directorships to be elected at such annual meeting, and the names of such candidates shall thereupon be printed on the same ballot with those of the candidates of the Committee on Nominations but in a separate column and under the designations of the respective offices for which they have been nominated.

Section 4.
Not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the annual meeting, the Secretary shall mail or send electronically a notice to every member of the Association entitled to vote setting forth the candidates nominated by the Committee on Nominations, the candidates nominated by the President for election to the Committee on Nominations and, if any, the candidates proposed by the members pursuant to Section 3 of this Article 11 or Section 2 of Article 15.

Section 5.
If candidates shall have been proposed by members pursuant to Section 3 of this Article 11, or Section 2 of Article 15, the Secretary shall, not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of such meeting, mail or send electronically to every member of the Association who is entitled to vote a ballot and a form of proxy. The ballot shall contain the names of all candidates of the members and of the Committee on Nominations and be of such a nature that the name and signature of the voter shall be available to verify membership but shall not be available to the inspectors of election. The proxy shall authorize and direct three (3) officers of the Association, designated by the President, or any of them, to act for the voter by casting the accompanying ballot at such meeting or any adjournment thereof. The proxy and ballot shall be filed with the Association not less than two (2) days prior to the date of the meeting. Until actually cast at the meeting, the ballot and the proxy shall be kept together and any voter present at the meeting shall have the right to withdraw the proxy and vote in person. The first order of business at such meeting shall be the appointment by the President of two (2) inspectors who shall conduct the balloting and canvass the votes. The balloting and canvassing of the vote shall then proceed forthwith, and immediately upon completion thereof, the inspectors shall report the results to the President. If feasible, the President shall announce the results at such meeting. At all elections of Officers, Directors or members of the Committee on Nominations, each member shall be entitled to one vote for each office to be filled at such election.

Section 6.
If no candidates shall have been proposed by the members pursuant to Section 3 of this Article 11 or Section 2 of Article 15, the election shall take place by a majority vote of members present, in person or by proxy, at the annual meeting of the Association in such manner as shall be determined by the President, which may include viva voce vote, and no balloting shall be required.

Section 7.
Nominations not made by the Committee on Nominations or proposed by the members of the Association in the manner prescribed in this Article 11 and Article 15 shall not be considered or voted upon.


ARTICLE 12
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES AND SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION


Section 1.
The standing committees and sections of the Association shall be the Committee on Nominations, such other standing committees and sections as are set forth in Appendix A attached to these By-laws and such standing committees and sections as from time to time are created by resolution of the Board of Directors. Such resolution shall define the respective powers and duties of such sections and committees. Standing committees and sections other than the Committee on Nominations may be abolished by resolution of the Board of Directors.

Section 2.
The special committees of the Association shall be those designated by the Board of Directors or by the President each year. Such special committees shall only have the powers specifically defined for them by the Board of Directors or the President.

 
Section 3.
The Committee on Nominations shall be constituted as provided in Article 15 of these By-Laws. All other sections and committees shall consist of such number of members of the Association as shall from time to time be appointed thereto by the President. The members of such sections and committees shall serve one-year terms of office.

Section 4.
Chairs of committees or sections of the Association, other than the Committee on Nominations, shall be appointed by the President.


ARTICLE 13
GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING SECTIONS AND COMMITTEES


Section 1.
Sections and committees of the Association may adopt By-laws relating to their governance.

Section 2.
Each committee or section shall determine the requisite number of members that constitute a quorum having due regard for the number of members of the committee or section. The committee or section may elect a Secretary and may elect one or more Vice-Chairs. In the absence or disability of the Chair, a Vice-Chair, or, if none, the Secretary, shall exercise and discharge all of the Chair's functions and duties.

Section 3.
Each committee or section unless otherwise determined by the committee or section, shall meet on a regular basis and in no event less than four (4) times per year. The Chair, or Secretary, or a person designated by the Chair or Secretary of each committee or section shall give timely notice of all meetings to all committee or section members.

Section 4.
Each committee or section shall keep minutes of attendance and records of proceedings at meetings or provide a report, at least annually, summarizing the activities of the committee or section, including, but not limited to, a description of any and all reports and recommendations adopted by the committee or section. The report shall be filed in accordance with Section 7 hereof.

Section 5.
If any member of any committee or section shall be absent for four (4) successive meetings without excuse presented to the committee or section, the member's place may be declared vacant by the committee or section.

Section 6.
Each section and committee year shall begin on July 1 and terminate on June 30 of the succeeding year.

Section 7.
Each section and committee shall present its annual report, pursuant to Section 4 hereof, in writing to the President or Secretary, or such other person as the President may direct, on or before June 1 of each year.

Section 8.
No section or committee shall contract for or make expenditures of Association funds in excess of such appropriation, if any, as the Board of Directors shall authorize for such section or committee.

Section 9.
Any section or committee may submit to the President or the Board of Directors a report including, without limitation, any statement or comment or brief, on any public policy issue or any reform or change in law, rule or regulation relating to the subject matter within its jurisdiction that it deems desirable, and, upon the approval of the President or the Board of Directors, it may take such action in regard thereto as the President or the Board of Directors may authorize.

Section 10.
No report of any section or committee with respect to any issue, bill, rule or regulation shall be transmitted as provided in this Article to members of the Association generally, or to any association, public body or official, unless the same shall be approved in writing by the President as to its form, the jurisdiction of the section or committee and its compliance with Article 14 and section 12 of this Article.  Any such report that has been approved by the President without submission to the Board of Directors, shall, when disseminated, contain a statement to the effect that it is solely that of the section or committee issuing it and does not necessarily represent the views of the Board of Directors.

Section 11.
A report prepared pursuant to this Article on a law, rule or regulation, when approved as provided in this Article, shall thereupon be transmitted to the appropriate legislative body or executive authority and to such other persons or entities as may be deemed advisable.  The section or committee that has prepared the report shall represent the Association in any further communications with such legislative body, executive authority and other persons or entities respecting such report unless the President or the Board of Directors shall otherwise determine.

Section 12.
The activities of all sections and committees or activities by any Director, Officer or member are to be conducted in a manner consistent with the educational, charitable or public interest purposes of the Association.

Section 13.
If the records of the Association indicate that no meeting of a section or committee has taken place for one year or no annual report filed, then the Secretary of the Association may place on the Agenda for the first Board of Directors meeting following September 1, the question of appropriate action on the status of such section or committee.


ARTICLE 14
NO CAMPAIGNING OR LOBBYING


Section 1.
No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (h), and the Association shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidates for public office.


ARTICLE 15
COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS


Section 1.
The Committee on Nominations shall consist of fifteen (15) members divided into three (3) classes of five (5) members each who shall be nominated by the President not later than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the annual meeting. Five (5) members of the committee shall be elected annually for terms of three (3) years, as provided in Article 11 of these By-laws. A person who has served on the Committee on Nominations for two (2) consecutive three (3)-year terms shall not be eligible for a term immediately succeeding. If a vacancy on the Committee on Nominations occurs during the year, a successor shall be selected by the President to serve until the next annual meeting, provided that such person shall not have served on the Committee on Nominations in the immediately preceding year.

Section 2.
Any one hundred (100) members of the Association who are entitled to vote may, by writing delivered to the Secretary of the Association not later than January 1st in each year, propose candidates for election to membership on the Committee on Nominations, and all nominations thus made shall be indicated on the ballot mailed to members of the Association as provided in Article 11 of these By-Laws.


ARTICLE 16
AMENDMENTS


Section 1.
These By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of the members present in person or by proxy provided that a copy of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to the members of the Association or sent electronically with the notice of meeting at least twenty (20) days in advance of the date of such meeting. Action on such proposed amendment shall be had at that meeting or at any subsequent meeting, provided that no action shall be taken at any subsequent meeting unless the notice for said meeting states that the proposed amendment will be presented for further consideration and action.

Section 2.
Proposed amendments may be initiated by the Board of Directors or by submitting same in writing, duly subscribed by at least one hundred (100) members who are entitled to vote, to the Secretary, who shall thereupon give notice thereof in the manner hereinbefore provided.

Section 3.
Upon consideration of any proposed amendment, amendments thereto may be offered and voted upon at the meeting. 


Article 17
APPENDIX  A
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Approved by the Board of Directors at its regular meeting on October 15, 2013


ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME LAW
The committee studies all matters of law involving the shipping industry. These include not only traditional admiralty litigation but also maritime finance, corporate and operational structures for ship owners and operators, oil pollution laws and governmental and regulatory policies.


ANIMAL LAW COMMITTEE
The committee 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.


ANTI-TRUST AND TRADE REGULATION
The committee examines issues relating to antitrust, civil RICO, unfair advertising and unfair competition laws.


APPELLATE COURTS
The committee studies the structure and workings of the U.S. Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division of the State of New York. An appellate judge participates at each meeting as a guest speaker. It invites membership from those who have substantial appellate experience or served as judicial law clerks in appellate courts.


ADR
The committee studies all matters affecting the field of arbitration, mediation, conciliation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including review of current and proposed legislation. The committee also follows developments in alternative dispute resolution generally and interviews applicants for arbitrators in the Small Claims Court.


ART LAW
The Committee addresses important legal issues and developments impacting the art world on a daily basis, including, among others, legal issues relating to the authenticity of art, copyright, moral rights, title, and business transactions..


ASIAN PRACTICE
The Committee promotes legal and business communications between New York and Asian countries.  Members share experiences and insights about Asian law, interact with lawyers in Asia and grow Asia-related practices.


BANKING
The committee concerns itself with questions arising under the federal and state banking laws, legislation, regulatory proposals by the banking agencies, judicial decisions, developments in transactional practice, and other matters of interest to banking lawyers.  The committee monitors and discusses developments in these areas and occasionally issues reports.


BANKRUPTCY LAW
The committee 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 RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
The committee reviews legislation, matters affecting rights guaranteed by the New York State and Federal constitutions, and other civil rights issues.


CONSTRUCTION LAW
The committee's efforts are directed at reducing the potential for costly disputes and inefficiencies in construction, at all stages where lawyers are involved, i.e., from the preparation and award of contracts to dispute resolution.  The committee explores cutting-edge legal issues affecting owners, contractors and design professionals in connection with public and private construction projects.


CORPORATION LAW
The committee reviews legislation and all matters pertaining to corporations, including partnership, business and not for profit entities. It reviews and reports on state and federal legisltion affecting corporations.


CYBERSPACE LAW
The committee addresses issues such as privacy (electronic and genetic), security, biometrics, jurisdiction, B2B, auctions, franchising, e-contracting, and ubiquitious molecular computing within the borderless environment of cyberspace.  In addition, the committee acts on legislation addressing these issues.


EDUCATION LAW
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
The committee studies issues pertaining to the legal needs of elderly persons, including Medicaid, Medicare and other health benefits, trusts and estates, guardianships, advance directives and consumer rights. The committee also reviews all relevant legislation.
ELECTION LAW
The committee monitors proposed changes in the present New York Election Law and makes recommendations on proposed legislation.


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


FAMILY COURT AND CHILD WELFARE
The committee concerns itself with legislation and substantive law, the conduct of the judiciary, and general matters regarding the Family Court. It focuses its efforts on child custody diversion and mediation, the quality of life in Family Court and relevant legislation.


FEDERAL COURTS 
The committee 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. It also considers matters pertaining to the District Court for the Eastern District of New York of importance to practice in metropolitan New York.


FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
The committee reviews legislation and all questions of international law. It also hosts meetings and receptions for visiting lawyers from foreign countries and issues reports.


FUTURES AND DERIVATIVES LAW
The purpose of the committee is to apprise members of developments in laws relating to the futures and derivatives markets and to maintain liaisons with industry leaders and representatives of governmental and regulatory bodies, such as the CFTC and NFA, as well as the ISDA, FIA and various exchanges.


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
The committee concerns itself with legislation and questions pertaining to the laws of immigration and naturalization.  Current developments in immigration law are discussed and expert speakers are invited to address the members on specialized topics.


IN-HOUSE/OUTSIDE COUNSEL
The committee provides a forum in which in-house counsel from businesses and not-for-profit organizations can interact with law firm practitioners. The focus of the group will be the dissemination and sharing of information and best practices, as well as the discussion of corporate issues, litigation strategies, legislative agendas, and regulatory and policy issues that impact in-house lawyers.


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.


LABOR RELATIONS AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
The committee holds monthly meetings where guest speakers address its members on emerging issues in labor and employment laws.  The committee reviews legislation, litigation and policy issues concerning the law of the workplace.


LAW AND LITERATURE
The committee discusses Law and Literature issues of interest in books, plays short stories and poems. A different work is read and discussed each month.


LAW RELATED EDUCATION
The committee develops and implements programs to acquaint students and the community with the legal and judicial system.  The committee participates in the state-wide mock trial competitions for high school students and its members have adopted high schools throughout the city where they discuss the workings of the legal system.  It also works with the New York City Department of Education and other organizations to bring the law to the community.


LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER ISSUES
The committee focuses on issues relating to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons in the legal profession and in society.


MINORITIES AND THE LAW
The committee examines all issues of relevance to minority attorneys and law students.  Subcommittees oversee the minority judicial clerkship program of the Association and the annual Haywood Burns Lecture.  The committee sponsors forums on issues that have particular interest for and about lawyers and people of color.


MULTILINGUAL LAWYERING
The Committee examines access to justice and international practice issues involving multilingual clients, promotes the professional development of multilingual attorneys, connects multilingual attorneys with pro bono projects, and offers networking opportunities to resident foreign attorneys.


MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
It focus is on the point where law, government and politics intersect.  It reviews and comments on proposed City legislation, rules and regulations, and invites noted experts and government officals to discuss these matters.


NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
The committee 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. It provides a meeting place for those involved at different levels with non profit organizations from day to day operations to management advice to the creation of merge entities.


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


PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
The committee's principal purpose is to respond to inquiries from lawyers with respect to the ethical propriety of their own proposed conduct. It provides telephone advice to attorneys who require quick guidance with respect to ethical problems.  It publishes opinions and may write reports on a wide variety of issues involving standards of professonal conduct.


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGES
The committee reviews recent developments in federal and state regulation of securities, including proposed and enacted federal and state legislation, regulations administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and Attorney General of the State of New York, and judicial and administrative determinations.


SENIOR LAWYERS
The Committee’s principal purpose is to foster collegiality, provide educational programs and enhance the quality of life among more experienced, senior members of the Bar.


SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTICE
The committee supports solo and small firm practitioners through improving the quality of the professional lives of its members.  It accomplishes this by advising solo and small firm practitioners about programs and available services, sponsoring free evening seminars and maintaining a mentoring program to assist less experienced practitioners. The emphasis is on making legal practice and the business of law simple for solo and small firm practitioners.


SUPREME COURT
The committee reviews legislation and recommends action regarding procedure, business and facilities of the courts, and generally concerns itself with improving the administration of justice in the Supreme Court.  It holds monthly dinner meetings that always include a guest speaker.


TAXATION
The committee proposes and reviews legislation on questions pertaining to federal, state and municipal taxation.


WOMEN'S RIGHTS 
The committee works to assure equal rights and opportunities for women, issues reports and comments on government policies and legislation, and sponsors forums on topics of current concern.
 


SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION

CIVIL COURT PRACTICE
The Civil Court Practice Section works closely with the public and private sectors in dealing with all issues related to the Civil Court. It also sponsors continuing legal education programs and forums on topical issues.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Criminal Justice Section concerns itself with the study and reform of the criminal justice system.  Section membership includes public and private sector attorneys representing the defense and prosecution bars as well as judges, court administrators and law faculty.  The section provides opportunities for collegial interaction among members, presents forums on a wide array of topics of current interest and sponsors training seminars to enhance the caliber of practice in the criminal law field.  In addition, the section is committed to educating the public concerning the proper functioning of the criminal justice system and to defending judges and practitioners in the field who are subjected to irresponsible attacks by the media.


ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPORTS LAW (EMIPS)
The section focuses on legal issues and legislation in the media, communications, entertainment, sports and intellectual property fields.  The section also holds public forums and sponsors continuing legal education programs.


ESTATES, TRUSTS AND SURROGATE'S COURT PRACTICE 
The section reviews legislation of interest to Trusts and Estates practitioners and makes recommendations about issues affecting the administration of the Surrogate's Courts. The section and its committees present speakers, both in forums and at meetings, and sponsor continuing legal education programs.  Participating members have an opportunity to meet and work with colleagues, including practitioners, court personnel and present and former Surrogates.


JUDICIAL
The section provides the Association and its committees with important input from members of the judiciary.


MATRIMONIAL LAW 
This section provides an opportunity for attorneys who have an interest in matrimonial law to generate and exchange ideas, address matters of interest and concern, receive updated information regarding cases, legislation and Court Rules, and work with other attorneys on projects designed to improve the law and the administration of justice in the matrimonial law area.  Members of the section include attorneys in the public and private sector, Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Family Court, and Special Referees. The section, through its committees, presents forums and continuing legal education programs.


REAL PROPERTY LAW
The section is designed for attorneys involved with any aspect of real estate law.  In addition to dealing with traditional areas of the field such as conveyances, mortgages, leases, foreclosures, workouts, title insurance, real property taxes and construction issues, the section is active in examining newer areas and also commenting on proposed legislation affecting real estate.  In addition the section focuses on zoning and other regulatory controls such as landmarking that are of major importance to owners and developers of real estate.  The section reviews zoning and other regulations, keeps members current on existing and proposed regulations and, where appropriate, recommends changes to government agencies.  The section includes both new and experienced lawyers, in private practice and the public sector, and encourages the participation of attorneys working in-house at lending institutions, developers and other companies.


TORT LAW
The section is designed to attract both plaintiffs' and defendants' lawyers who are involved in any  tort- related practice.  It prepares reports on issues of concern to tort practitioners and the courts, comments on proposed legislation, and sponsors continuing legal education programs.


YOUNG LAWYERS
The 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. The section sponsors programs to give new attorneys the opportunity to meet in an informal setting with members of the state and federal judiciary in addition to sponsoring other social and professional development activities.

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