To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
After serving on NYCLA’s board of directors for five years, I was inducted as President of the Association last month. During my Board service, I was privileged to observe the work of the Presidents who came before me – Stewart Aaron, Jim Kobak, and Ann Lesk – and to assist them as they drove the organization forward. It is now my responsibility to continue that momentum during my presidency.
In order to do that, NYCLA must engage today’s young attorneys – the leaders of tomorrow – and provide programs and services tailored to their needs and to the needs of lawyers who never practiced in a world without electronic research, without e-mail, without e-filing, without Skype, Twitter, and Siri, and without the Internet instantly within reach, at all times, on their iPhones. The needs and expectations of this group are in some obvious ways very different from those of older lawyers. But the values we share as attorneys remain the same, and the goals we set for ourselves are not affected by even the most dramatic leaps in technology: professional integrity, high ethical standards, a strong and independent judiciary, access to justice regardless of income, and collegiality among members of our Association and throughout the bar.
As a lawyer for almost 30 years, I remember the pre-Internet world well. As a law professor, I sometimes have to remind my students that such a world ever existed. As President of NYCLA, I welcome the challenge of reaching out to lawyers of every vintage, as well as the law students and law graduates who are looking for a professional home as they navigate the passage from student to member of the bar.
If I haven’t already met you, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program – or meeting you online. If you’re not already a member, consider joining the Association – visit nycla.org/joinus to learn more. Your ideas and insights provide a looking glass into New York legal community, and are encouraged – please share with me how NYCLA can serve you – Tweet me @NYCLAPres.