Kenneth G. Standard, special counsel in the labor and employment law practice group at the Manhattan office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, took office on June 1 as president of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association.
The House of Delegates, the Association's decision and policy-making body, elected the Chappaqua resident at the organization's 127th annual meeting this past January in Manhattan.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Standard served as assistant general counsel for Labor Relations, Environmental and Benefit Plans at Consolidated Edison Company (ConEd) of New York City. In addition, he is the former director of the Office of Legal Services of the New York City school system and was earlier vice-president and senior counsel of the Products Division of the Bristol-Myers Company.
According to Mr. Standard, during his one-year term as president of the nation's largest voluntary state bar, he will focus his efforts on several initiatives, including: improving access to justice for all, maintaining the independence and accountability of lawyers and judges, increasing pro bono publico awareness and fostering opportunities for participation, and examining the issue of balancing work-life and public service for members of the profession.