New York State Bar Association Appoints Strategic Planning Committee to Look Ahead

New York State Bar Association Appoints Strategic Planning Committee to Look Ahead


By Brandon Vogel

To ensure NYSBA’s continued preeminent position in influencing and driving change in the law and legal profession, a new Committee on Strategic Planning has been created.

Speaker T. Andrew Brown made the announcement during Saturday’s House of Delegates meeting in New York City, which was the first meeting in the city since January 2020.

Brown described how the NYSBA transformed its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have developed new ways to meet the needs of our members. We have redesigned the delivery of member services,” Brown said. “And in many ways we realized the purpose and potential of the association ‘to apply knowledge and experience in the field of law to promote the public good’.”

But, he says, much more needs to be done to move the association forward.

“We must ensure the full participation of our members in the activities, benefits, interests and successes of the association – this is key to our future,” Brown said. “

Taa R. Grays, NYSBA Secretary and Co-Chair of the Racism, Social Equity, and the Law Task Force, and Christopher R. Riano, Executive Committee Member and Chair of the LGBTQ Law Section, will chair the Committee of strategic planning.

Serve the public good

Brown noted the ongoing work of chapters, committees and task forces to address issues critical to the state and the nation, such as racism, social equity, voting rights and the treatment of transgender youth. in the sport.

“Supporting disadvantaged communities has been a hallmark of my professional career and central to my initiatives as president,” Brown said. “I am immensely proud of NYSBA’s efforts to address societal challenges, address access to justice head-on, and develop recommendations for changes in law and policy that will provide equal rights for all and help us truly to form “a more perfect union.”

As an example, he cited the Executive Committee’s approval of the Clean Slate Act, which, if enacted, would provide for the automatic sealing of certain criminal records.

“This is a simple step we can take to address the pervasive problem of racial injustice in the criminal justice system,” Brown said.

Within the state legislature and Congress, the association is lobbying vigorously for its legislative priorities, including the long overdue 18b rate hike, the repeal of Judicial Act 470, the development of a sensible gun control legislation, the enactment of a right to counsel in immigration proceedings, and the implementation of Chief Justice Janet DiFiore’s court simplification plan.

He thanked the many independent and small-firm attorneys who volunteered their time for pro bono services during the year, including unemployment insurance, Afghan refugees, New Yorkers displaced by hurricane Ida and residents affected by the housing crisis.

New ways to engage members
Brown spoke about exciting new ways to engage NYSBA members, such as remote events, virtual public forums, CLE webinars, and hybrid meetings like today’s House of Delegates.

“As we gradually return to in-person events, we cannot forget the ease with which technology allows us to connect with many more lawyers than before – and we have an obligation to our members and the public to ensuring that our association remains as accessible as possible,” Brown said.

Brown concluded by issuing a challenge to members to seize the moment and work to build a better NYSBA for the good of the association, the members and the state.

Now is the time to plan for the future and we need to get to work immediately, Brown said.

Andrew B. Reiter