NEW YORK COUNTY LAWYERS' ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS As Adopted May 23, 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS ARTICLE I
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The President shall approve or disapprove reports relating to pending or
proposed legislation or proposed regulations submitted by committees or
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.
In the event of dispute or ambiguity, the President shall interpret the meaning of these By-laws.
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.
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
The Secretary of the Association shall also be Secretary of the Board of Directors.
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.
The Treasurer shall have general charge of the funds of the Association, subject to the control of the Board of Directors.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Board of Directors shall have control of the custody, investment,
expenditure and disposal of all property of the Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern meetings
of the Association, unless otherwise provided by these By-Laws.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES AND SECTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION
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.
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.
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.
Chairs of committees or sections of the Association, other than the
Committee on Nominations, shall be appointed by the President.
GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING SECTIONS AND COMMITTEES
Sections and committees of the Association may adopt By-laws relating to their governance.
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.
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.
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.
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
Each section and committee year shall begin on July 1 and terminate on June 30 of the succeeding year.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
NO CAMPAIGNING OR LOBBYING
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.
COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS
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.
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.
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
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.
Upon consideration of any proposed amendment, amendments thereto may be offered and voted upon at the meeting.
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
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.
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.
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
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..
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
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
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
CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
The committee reviews legislation, matters affecting rights guaranteed
by the New York State and Federal constitutions, and other civil rights
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The committee monitors proposed changes in the present New York Election Law and makes recommendations on proposed legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
The committee studies all matters affecting professional licensing and
discipline, including the standards for adjudging professional
misconduct and available mechanisms for improving professional conduct.
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
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.
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.
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
The committee proposes and reviews legislation on questions pertaining to federal, state and municipal taxation.
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
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
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.
The section provides the Association and its committees with important input from members of the judiciary.
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.
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
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.