Instant Insights / Survival of the Fittest

More than 200 New York bar associations are competing for a shrinking pool of potential members, and experts predict that if they don’t evolve, they will not be around long term.


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Leona Krasner, a matrimonial attorney in New York City, was photographed in September on the day she joined the City Bar Association. Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ Leona Krasner, a matrimonial attorney in New York City, joined the City Bar Association in September. (Photo: David Handschuh/ALM)

Leona Krasner, a 32-year-old matrimonial lawyer in New York City, said attending a bar association function is a lot like visiting the doctor. You dread going, but you know it’s good for you.

After hearing that analogy, you’re probably thinking that Krasner is one of the millennial lawyers who doesn’t belong to a bar association or isn’t very active. But you’d be wrong!  She chairs the communications committee for the New York State Bar Association’s women in law section and she joined the City Bar in September.

Krasner said she came up with innovative ideas for her state bar section but her suggestions were rejected. She thinks bar associations should tackle topics that touch millennials’ personal lives such as how to negotiate raises, how to advance in your firm and how to balance work and family. Her ideal bar association event? One she attended several years ago that mixed sushi, drinks and a conversation on ethics.

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Susan DeSantis

Susan DeSantis is the deputy editor-in-chief of the New York Law Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @sndesantis

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