The New York State Bar Association has created a 16-member committee to study the impact of technology—including artificial intelligence, e-discovery, data privacy and cybersecurity—on the way attorneys practice and legal services are delivered.
The Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession will work to identify how attorneys can use technology to enhance their practice; help attorneys in achieving “reasonable technological competence;” develop and recommend regulations and best practices for legal service technology providers; and explore ways that new technologies might bridge the “justice gap” and offer better access to courts and legal service to individuals who cannot afford lawyers.
The committee is chaired by Ganfer & Shore partner Mark Berman, the outgoing chair of the bar’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section.
The other committee members are: Seth Agata, executive director of JCOPE; Alison Arden Besunder of Arden Besunder P.C. in Manhattan; Parth Chowlera, an associate at Greenfield Stein & Senior in Manhattan; Tracee Davis, a partner at Zeichner Ellman & Krause in Manhattan; Christine Gough Galvagna, an attorney in Washington, D.C.; Sarah Gold of the Gold Law Firm in Albany; Maura Grossman of Maura Grossman Law in Manhattan; Ronald Hedges, senior counsel at Dentons US; Shawndra Jones, an associate at Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider; James Kobak Jr., general counsel of Hughes Hubbard & Reed; former bar president Glenn Lau-Kee of Kee & Lau-Kee in Manhattan; Ronald Minkoff, a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz; Marian Rice, a partner at L’Abbate Balkan Colavita & Contini in Garden City; Kevin F. Ryan, executive director of the Monroe County Bar Association; distinuished professor emeritus Roy D. Simon of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University; and Sanford Strenger of Salamon Gruber Blaymore & Strenger in Roslyn Heights.