NYCLA Mission Statement


The following Mission Statement* was adopted by the Board on November 11, 2003: The Association is organized and shall be operated as a bar association exclusively for charitable and educational purposes with the primary object of promoting the public interest by:

  • Advancing the science of jurisprudence

  • Promoting the administration of justice and reforms in the law in the public interest

  • Elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession and fostering the spirit of collegiality among members of the Association and throughout the bar

  • Applying its knowledge and experience in the field of law to the promotion of the public good;

  • Arranging for the provision by its members of free legal services for indigent, low income and other persons in need

  • Ensuring access to justice for all

  • Advocating for a strong and independent judiciary

  • Encouraging diversity throughout the legal profession

  • Maintaining high ethical standards for the bench and bar

  • Promoting high-quality legal education and other resources for law students and lawyers; and such other charitable and educational activities appropriate to a bar association as will primarily promote the public interest.

* NYCLA’s mission was originally defined in the Certificate of Incorporation filed by the Association with the New York State Department of State on April 21, 1908. It was subsequently amended in the Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Incorporation Under Section 803 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, filed on January 21, 1972.