Letter From The President Of The New York County Lawyers Association

2010-12-06 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

Benefits of NYCLA Membership

The New York County Lawyers' Association is committed to providing members with a full range of programs to enhance their personal and professional lives. Taking advantage of these benefits could easily more than pay for the cost of membership, as well as providing access to a range of cultural, professional and insurance programs.

Member Benefits Discounts Program

NYCLA offers discounts at more than three dozen retailers and service providers, which includes reduced-priced tickets to cultural and sporting events, and discounts at health clubs, clothing, electronics and other retailers, life insurance and monthly professional development workshops. Members can take advantage of discounted membership in the New-York Historical Society, home to New York City's oldest museum, or attend concerts and lectures, also at reduced rates, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tickets to a few Knicks, Rangers, Mets and U.S. Open games are available to members on a first-come, first-served basis at reduced costs.

Members are also entitled to substantial discounts when they purchase the 2010 Attorneys' Guide to Civil Practice in the New York County Supreme Court , Third Edition Commercial Litigation in New York Courts (Thomson West 2010), 2010 New York County Criminal Courts Manual or The New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Opinions, Commentary and Case Law (Oxford University Press 2010).

For more information about NYCLA's Member Benefits Program, email Alanna Gluck at agluck@nycla.org.

Discounted CLE For Members

Members receive, on average, a 25 percent discount on programs offered by our CLE Institute, courses from our DVD/CD library and web-based programs on Lawline.com. The Institute offers an extensive selection of live programs for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys, including programs co-sponsored by NYCLA's Ethics Institute.

NYCLA's Library And Information Services

Members have on-site, no-cost access to the Library's Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg subscriptions, as well as free on-site access to Loislaw, Congressional Universe, State Capital Universe, Legaltrac, IndexMaster and scores of additional non-legal databases. The Library also offers training in these research tools and practical advice about off-site resources that many members qualify to use at no charge.

Pro Bono Programs And Free CLE

Our Pro Bono Department, which has offered diverse programs for over 20 years, is a testament to NYCLA's commitment to assuring access to justice for the poor and disadvantaged. Members who volunteer are covered under NYCLA's malpractice insurance policy, and receive thorough training and supervision and MCLE credits to participants who complete the project requirements. In response to the economic downturn, which has resulted in consumer debt cases overwhelming court dockets, I am proud to say that NYCLA has developed new programs to meet the needs of pro se defendants. In fact, on October 25, during National Pro Bono Week, NYCLA received an award for our volunteers' work assisting consumer debtors in New York County in partnership with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office. For information about volunteering, email Lois Davis, director of Pro Bono Programs, at ldavis@nycla.org.

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I have focused this month on the discounts and tangible benefits of NYCLA membership that provide compelling financial reasons to join NYCLA. But the opportunity to benefit from association with members from all segments of the profession and to participate in and support pro bono , diversity, access to justice and other social and professional causes are even more compelling reasons for many of us.

I thank each and every NYCLA member for helping us remain at the forefront of legal discourse, promoting the highest standards for the profession and striving for access to justice for all. I look forward to more of the same next year and wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,

James B. Kobak, Jr.