The Network of Bar Leaders
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:00 pm
Location: 1095 Avenue of the Americas (MetLife Building) – Between 41st and 42nd Streets (opposite Bryant Park)
Mark Your Calendars:
- March 4 – Albany Day Meeting With Governor Cuomo’s Counsel (Dan Marotta)
- April 24 - Capitol Hill Day with Federal Bar Association (Bill Dahill, Phil Schatz)
- May 19 - Cocktail Honoring Hon. Harold Baer and the Past Presidents of Network of Bar Leaders (Gary Pillersdorf, Taa Grays, Dan Marotta
The Network of Bar Leaders is a coalition of 50 member bar associations dedicated to bringing together the leadership of the diverse bar associations of the greater New York Metropolitan area. Formed over 25 years ago, Network provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas and serves as a vehicle for joint action on issues of mutual concern and pending legislation. The Network of Bar Leaders is the legal community's most diverse institution. It includes each of the five county bar associations, numerous citywide and statewide specialty groups, specialty bar associations dedicated to every field of practice, as well as ethnic and religious bar associations. Because of its great diversity, the organization is often called upon to express a consensus opinion on behalf of the organized bars in matters affecting the legal community as a whole.
News & Updates
Network of Bar Leaders Issues Three Consensus Resolutions
Network of Bar Leaders Joins the Coalition for Family Court Judges
February 11, 2014
I am happy to announce that Network of Bar Leaders voted last night to join the Coalition for Family Court Judges. We have been asked to urge individual bar associations to sign on and to support the Coalition’s activities. Please have your bar association join and please circulate the information below from Denise Kronstadt about the Coalition’s activities that your members will be interested in. Special thanks to Susan Lindenauer of NYSBA who came to our meeting last night and spoke so eloquently on behalf of the families and children affected by the crisis in Family Court. I note that Chief Administrative Gail Prudenti expressed her appreciation to Network of Bar Leaders for this support.
We had an action-packed meeting last night, there will be more news to report. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday March 4 for a Network of Bar Leaders visit to Albany. More details to follow.
Click here for NYSBA’s testimony on the budget re Family Courts from Susan Lindenauer.
Click here to read the Mission Statement of the New York State Coalition for More Family Court Judges.
Network Consensus Letter to President Obama on Dominican-born Persons
President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
On February 10, 2014, the Network of Bar Leaders passed a consent resolution stating, in part, the following:
The Network of Bar Leaders expresses its grave concerns regarding the unreasonable ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic that rendered over 200,000 Dominican-born persons stateless. We further call on the Dominican government to enact a law repealing this ruling, and ask the United States Congress and the Obama administration to engage in diplomatic outreach to guarantee basic human rights to persons affected by the Constitutional Court’s ruling.
For more information about consensus resolutions and to access the full text, please visit www.networkofbarleaders.org.
Raymond J. Dowd
Message from Network's President Raymond J. Dowd
The Network of Bar Leaders consent resolution regarding the decision of the Dominican Constitutional Court rendering certain persons stateless has been sent to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Both the Haitian American Lawyers Association and the Dominican Bar Association have taken formal stances consistent with the consent resolution on this important human rights issue that directly impacts the administration of justice.
Consensus Resolution Regarding Small Claims Court
At its February 10th Meeting, The Network of Bar Leaders voted to issue a consensus resolution
That the New York State Court System increase the hours of evening operation for the Small Claims Court.
Letter to Hon. A. Gail Prudenti from NOBL President Raymond J. Dowd
Hon. A. Gail Prudenti
Chief Administrative Judge
of the State of New York
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
Dear Chief Judge Prudenti,
On behalf of the Network of Bar Leaders, I would like to thank you and each of the administrative and supervising judges of the State of New York for including us in the breakfast meeting at New York University’s Greenberg Lounge this past Thursday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. Special thanks to Ernie Bartol of the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for organizing and sponsoring the event. We hope, with your kind permission, to make it an annual event.
As we discussed, many Network members are concerned about adequate funding of the judiciary. We are planning a visit to Albany this spring to discuss issues regarding the administration of justice and I would be happy to circulate any advance materials to members that you believe might be helpful. Our Legislative Liaison Dan Marotta is working with Governor Cuomo’s counsel to finalize a date and we will keep Matt Kiernan in the loop on any developments. It looks as if we may have the participation of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders (now known as “New York Bar Leaders”) in this effort, which would help to ensure that upstate bar associations would be fully represented in these efforts.
I hope that we will be able to schedule a Network of Bar Leaders meeting with you this spring to see how our bar associations may further support the administration of justice in the State of New York.
About Network of Bar Leaders
The Network of Bar Leaders is a coalition of over fifty member bar associations dedicated to bringing together the leadership of the diverse bar associations of the greater New York Metropolitan area. Formed over 25 years ago, Network provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas and serves as a vehicle for joint action on issues of mutual concern. The Network of Bar Leaders is the legal community's most diverse institution. It includes each of the five county bar associations in New York City, numerous citywide and specialty bar associations dedicated to every field of practice, as well as ethnic, gender, and religious bar associations. Because of its great diversity, the organization is called upon to express a consensus opinion on behalf of the organized bars in matters affecting the legal community as a whole. More information is available at the Network’s website at www.networkofbarleaders.org.
Raymond J. Dowd
Call for Submissions: 2014 David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest
Who Watches the Watchers? Free Speech and Free Press in the Electronic Age
Essay submission deadline April 1, 2014
The contest is open to all CUNY and SUNY Community College students registered for the Fall Semester of 2013 or the Spring Semester of 2014.
Questions on which students can focus their essays, contest rules and resources including news, videos, academic articles and legal references are available on the website of The Historical Society of the New York Courts.
A panel of members of the New York Bench and Bar will select the winning essays, and prizes will be awarded as follows:
- NYS Community College Grand Prize, awarded to a student from either educational system: $1,500
- CUNY Community College Prize: $1,000
- SUNY Community College Prize: $1,000
For more information, click here.
Network of Bar Leaders Honors Gary B. Pillersdorf
The Network of Bar Leaders gratefully thanks LawCash and Forge Consulting, LLC for its sponsorship of this event.
Click here for Gary Pillersdorf's bio.
Judicial Campaign Ethics Center
Resources for Attorneys Involved in Judicial Campaigns
For attorneys who are considering a campaign for elective judicial office this year in New York State or who may be asked to serve on a judicial candidate's campaign committee, click here for a flyer providing information on these items.
Judicial Campaign Ethics Center are available to answer any questions and offer assistance to either candidates or campaign committee members.
The Network of Bar Leaders held its Annual Legislative Forum on October 26, 2012 at New York County Lawyers' Association
Sen. Diane Savino, City Council members Daniel Garodnick and Julissa Ferreras, and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares discuss regulations affecting gypsy cabs, the city's restaurant grading system, food carts, proposed real property developments in Queens and other issues that affect lawyers, their clients and NY businesses with representatives from Network's member bar associations.
City Council members Daniel Garodnick and Julissa Ferreras at the Network's Annual Legislative Forum.
Network's Legislative Event was organized by Jeff Kurzon, Daniel Marotta and Taa Grays and provided bar association representatives the opportunity to dialogue with legislators on issues of concern to them and their clients. Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, Jr. and Congressman Jerrold Nadler also attended.
The Funding Crisis and the Sequestration Process and Its Impact on the American Justice System
Message from Ronald Kennedy, Director of NYSBA’s Department of Governmental Relations
I am writing to alert you to an issue that is of critical importance to practicing lawyers, the legal community and every Bar Association. Unless Congress acts, “sequestration” will take effect on January 2, 2013 by operation of law. Should it take place, it will be very damaging to the federal courts and civil legal services programs. It is up to us as Bar Leaders to do what we can to prevent our justice system from being severely undercut.
Network's Annual Dinner for Bar Presidents
On September 19, 2012, the Hon. Jonathan Lippman addressed the bar leaders at Network's annual dinner for the Presidents of its member organizations. Judge Lippman spoke about the importance of pro bono service, the new pro bono service requirements for bar admission, and ways to bridge the justice gap. Judge Lippman asked the bars to be advocates for the Judiciary before the Legislature and addressed various concerns raised by the bar leaders during the discussion period. A delightful dinner followed.
Pictured above are Donna Furey, Queens County Women’s Bar Association; Taa Grays, President Network of Bar Leaders; Sandra Munoz, Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County; Judge Lippmann; Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Puerto Rican Bar Association.
New York State Bar Association
Nominate deserving colleagues for State Bar awards!
The following committees have issued a call for award nominations:
- Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
- Committee on Women in the Law
- The Committee on Attorney Professionalism
- New York State Conference of Bar Leaders Committee on Civil Rights
For a complete listing or to submit nominations for Awards and Competitions go to www.nysba.org.