Letter From The President Of The New York State Bar Association

2009-10-04 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

As the largest voluntary state bar in the nation, with more than 76,000 members, the New York State Bar Association is always striving to provide outstanding benefits and services that provide real value for our members. As I continue my term as president, my focus remains on helping lawyers to prosper and thrive during these difficult economic times.

As your readers may be aware, the State Bar's Corporate Counsel Section consists of more than 1,600 attorneys who serve as in-house counsel to corporations and other business entities, as well as attorneys in law firms, government, and academic institutions. These attorneys collaborate on activities that enhance the role of in-house corporate counsel as contributing members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and the Bar Association and also provide a medium for cooperation, encouragement and assistance in the resolution of problems common among their ranks.

Our Corporate Counsel Section works hard each year to provide several education and networking opportunities for its members. To that end, I would like to update you on a couple of section programs and initiatives that may be of interest to your readers.

This November 19-20, the Corporate Counsel Section will host its third "Corporate Counsel Institute" at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway in New York City. Co-sponsored by the State Bar's Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the Corporate Counsel Institute is a comprehensive two-day program covering a multitude of topics of particular interest to corporate counsel. This year, the institute will be combined with the section's popular "Ethics for Corporate Counsel" program. Attendance at the program will provide attorneys with the opportunity to earn 14 CLE credits, including 4 credits in ethics.

A premier faculty has been assembled to participate in this year's institute. Day one will be devoted to plenary sessions on topics including the electronic age, recent developments in employment law, bankruptcy, and intellectual property. Day two will begin with the "Ethics for Corporate Counsel" program, followed by several informational workshops covering important practice areas such as employee privacy, commercial leasing, responding to the government, and law department management.I encourage all corporate counsel interested to attend this very informative and worthwhile program.For more information or to register for the institute, please visit http://www.nysba.org/CorporateCounselInstitute.

In addition to providing corporate counsel with useful tools and resources to gain more expertise in their practice areas, the State Bar also has embarked on a mission to assist with the development of the next generation of attorneys and legal scholars: law students.

The Corporate Counsel Section's Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program offers in-house internship opportunities to qualified first- and second-year minority law students from diverse backgrounds, so that they can experience the day-to-day work of in-house counsel. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a network and to forge relationships that will foster greater diversity throughout corporate legal departments in New York. Students are provided a meaningful and appropriately supervised summer work experience and are expected to work between 350-400 hours, with commensurate compensation, over a ten-week time period.

These are just two of the many outstanding programs and initiatives that the State Bar's Corporate Counsel Section provides to its members.As many companies in the corporate world are trying to maximize the return on every dollar they invest, so too the New York State Bar Association is working hard every day to supply attorneys with the tools and resources they need to help them meet their bottom lines and continue to provide excellent representation to the clients they serve.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.If you are not already a member, please visit www.nysba.org to sign up and start enjoying all of the benefits that a NYSBA membership provides.From discounted CLE programs to leadership opportunities in any of our 25 law sections and more than 60 committees, we think you will agree that membership in the New York State Bar Association is certainly to your advantage.


Michael E. Getnick