To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
This is the time of year that committee chairs begin to select members for the next "committee year," beginning in September. Committee service is a truly special opportunity in our Association because of our rich history of influencing public policy, promoting reform of the law and upholding a strong judicial system and high ethical standards.
The Association was founded in 1870 by a group of lawyers seeking to end corruption in government, particularly the judiciary, and improve society for the good of all citizens. In the years that followed, the Association expanded its mission to include law reform, access to justice, and adherence to the rule of law at home and abroad.
Our committees are the heart of the Association. They issue reports, present public symposia, conduct CLE programs, prepare amicus briefs, advocate for legislation and undertake public service projects in wide-ranging areas of interest and importance to the public. Serving on a committee will expand your contacts and your horizons, and let you develop and use skills not generally called upon in everyday law practice.
Through committee service you can take leadership roles in Association reports and projects, and generally have the satisfaction of making significant contributions to the profession and the public. Young lawyers receive all this, and the added benefit of getting to know more senior practitioners, and to know them as colleagues. As a young lawyer serving on a committee, I had the opportunity to meet court administrators and to testify at legislative hearings and learn up-close how law is made, and un-made.
Committee service also gives you a chance to learn about issues and entire fields of law outside your practice. Our array of committees is wide enough to let you pursue your professional and personal inclinations. Please visit the Association's Web site, www.nycbar.org, for brief committee descriptions and an application form; just click on the word Committees at the top of the Home Page.
We encourage you to review the list and respond with your interest by e-mailing the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You would benefit by also sending a resume or brief biography, to give the committee chairs more of a sense of you. While our committees have limited spaces available and a number of them are very much in demand, other committees have vacancies and would welcome new members even during the course of the committee year.
So, if you have not tried it, I encourage you to become involved in an Association committee and join more than 3,000 City Bar members in this stimulating and satisfying activity.