Welcome sign at the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association
Legal education will be one of the main topics of discussion at the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association now underway at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel. (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

State Bar Asks Lawyers to Back Civics Education
February 4, 2014
“A robust civic education is vital for promoting a culture of engagement in the democratic process and ensuring that all Americans…are informed, thoughtful and active citizens,” the report adopted by the NYSBA said.

State Bar to Hire Counsel Over New Pro Bono Rule
February 3, 2014
On a day when opposition to the mandatory pro bono reporting rule was evident during an extended discussion by the state bar’s House of Delegates, President David Schraver said Friday his group would retain private counsel to explore whether the requirement can be undone.

State Bar Annual Meeting
February 3, 2014
A list of the awards presented or announced by the New York State Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting Jan. 27-31 at the Hilton New York.

Obama Official Unveils Clemency Initiative
January 31, 2014
Deputy Attorney General James Cole Thursday enlisted the help of the New York bar to draft clemency petitions for prison inmates serving inordinately long sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Honors Kamins
January 31, 2014
Barry Kamins, New York City’s Administrative Judge of the Criminal Court, received the Vincent E. Doyle Jr. Award for Outstanding Judicial Contributions in the Criminal Justice System on Thursday.

No Easy Answers for Challenges Facing Law Schools
January 30, 2014
“If I was asked four of five years ago whether legal education was going to be such a critically important topic for the legal profession, I would have come up with the wrong answer,” ABA president James Silkenat said at a panel discussion at the NYSBA annual meeting. “But now [it] is of real and immediate importance.”

Scheindlin Honored at NYSBA Annual Meeting
January 30, 2014
The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section presented the Stanley H. Fuld Award to Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin on Wednesday.

Diversity Trailblazer Award
January 29, 2014
The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion honored Darryl Gibbs of AXA Equitable Life Insurance on Monday.

Education Is Focus of Bar Association’s 2014 Meeting
January 27, 2014
How to nurture better educated lawyers able to cope with the rapid-fire changes in their profession is among the emphases of the New York State Bar Association annual meeting in Manhattan.

Special Report: NYSBA Annual Meeting
January 27, 2014
New York’s chief judge, chief administrative judge, and Appellate Division presiding justices, as well as the NYSBA president, president-elect, and section chairs, will address issues ranging from the future of legal education to the sealing of criminal records.