New York State Bar Association Unveils Legislative Priorities For 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 14:58


The New York State Bar Association has announced its legislative priorities for 2013. Specific initiatives include adequately funding the state and federal courts and legal services for the poor; enacting laws to guard against wrongful convictions; repealing the Defense of Marriage Act; and strengthening the juvenile justice system.

“The State Bar’s 2013 legislative priorities seek to strengthen public trust and confidence in the justice system,” said State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. “With a focus on providing adequate funding for the courts and legal services for the poor, ensuring fairness in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the State Bar continues to fight for a more just society. We urge the governor, the state Legislature and the New York Congressional delegation to act on these measures.”

Noting developments in Washington DC, James said, “Congress has delayed automatic 8.2 percent cuts in funding for the federal court system and the Legal Services Corporation. Those devastating cuts, however, will take effect in two months unless Congress acts.” He added, “We are concerned that the threatened cuts would severely limit access to justice for individuals and businesses.”

For a complete list of the State Bar Association’s state and federal legislative priorities, visit