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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The New York State Bar Association’s annual conference is held in New York City. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ.

I read Survival of the Fittest: As Baby Boomers Retire, NY Bar Associations Face Harsh Realities (Sept. 9, 2019) about the dwindling number of bar associations in New York. There are a number of factors related to this trend. First, however, as a full disclosure, I will add that I am a member of the New York City Bar Association Cooperative and Condominium Law Committee and a member of the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section.  I previously served as the Secretary to the Supreme Court Committee at the New York County Lawyers Association.

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