Mark Your Calendars for these upcoming Network of Bar Leaders Events:
- June 29, 2015 - Network of Bar Leaders. Meeting agenda includes resolutions to amend by-laws, increase dues and more. Click here to RSVP. See Below for details.
See the Calendar for details on this and other events.
Dear Network Executives & Bar Presidents,
Our final meeting of the Network for the 2014-2015 year will be held on:
June 29, 2015
500 Pearl Street, 8th Floor
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
We have some unfinished business. Please submit your RSVP by clicking here.
Our By-laws require that any amendment to the constitution must be presented to the membership prior to being considered. Accordingly, two such amendments are being proposed and both were discussed at the last meeting.
1) The members present at the May meeting voted to increase dues as per the following: local/county/large organizations) from $125 /250/500 to $250/500/750. In support of the change, it was noted that the treasury has at the end of the year a little over $3,000. Please click here to review the Treasurer's Report.
2) The President proposed increasing the executive board members from seven to nine and requiring each board member to actively participate in at least one program sponsored by the Network. In addition, nominations for 2015-2016 officers and executive council will be proposed and the election will be held.
3) Finally, a resolution in support of the right to counsel was tabled. Please click here to review the proposed Network of Bar Leaders Right to Counsel Resolution.
The By-laws provide:
"FULL VOTE RESOLUTIONS. One method by which Network may voice its collective opinion to the legal community is by a FULL VOTE of Network. A FULL VOTE RESOLUTION voices the opinion of the qualified member associations. A FULL VOTE of the Network, requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members present, provided there is a quorum. Each member Association will have one vote, and their representatives shall determine among themselves how the vote is cast. If the representatives of a qualified association cannot reach a consensus, the President of the Association or his or her appointed representative shall cast the vote. For any FULL VOTE RESOLUTION, any Bar Association represented at the vote shall have the right to cast a dissenting vote, which will be noted in any report of the results of the vote and will be afforded equal publicity by Network. Additionally, any of the County Bar Associations has the right to veto the resolut ions with respect to positions or issues. For the purposes of this paragraph, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York will be deemed a County Bar Association. When a FULL VOTE is proposed, any qualified member association may ask for time to consult with his or her Association, Executive Committee or Board, and the vote on the matter or issue will be tabled to the next meeting, or at the member’s discretion. If a FULL VOTE is time sensitive as determined by a majority of the qualified associations present, at a member’s request, that member association can defer their vote for ten (10) business days to report his or her vote to the Network secretary and no final results will be announced until the end of such period. Failure to contact the Network secretary in the appropriate time will result in the vote being counted as an abstention."
Andy Scherer has agreed to Participate in this meeting. He has provided us the resolutions from other Bar Associations. Please review the proposed Right to Counsel Resolution and be ready to vote.
As a reminder, please send the network of bar leaders contact information for your new officers as soon as you are able. I look forward to working with Betty and all the newly installed presidents and officers of our member organizations.
To RSVP for this final meeting, click here. Thank you and see you all soon.
Hon. Bernice D. Siegal
On March 6, 2015, the Network of Bar Leaders and NYCLA hosted a Legislative Breakfast which provided bar leaders and legislators the opportunity to meet and discuss "Equality Under the Law."
Pictured in photograph of 6 (from left) are Hon. Bernice Siegal, NOBL President, Lew Tesser, NYCLA President, Daniel Marotta, Chair, State Senator Liz Krueger, and Assembly Members Daniel O'Donnell and Richard Gottfried; also shown are Alphonso B. David, Counsel to the Governor with Daniel Marotta, Chair: Assembly Member David Weprin with Daniel Marotta and State Senator Liz Krueger; and Wayne C. Bodden, President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with Hon. Bernice Siegal, NOBL President.
Judicial Remembrance: Judge Harold Baer
by Philip Schatz
Diversity and Prosper
by Philip Schatz, Esq.
The Board of Judges of the USDC for the Southern District of New York and the Network of Bar Leaders
Commemorating Judge Harold Baer
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 4pm
Venue: Danial Patrick Moynihan United State Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, 9th Floor Ceremonial Courtroom
I look forward to seeing you there. Please submit your RSVP directly as noted above.
Hon. Bernice D. Siegal
New Network of Bar Leaders Officers 2014-2015:
President – Hon. Bernice D. Siegal, Brandeis Bar Association
First Vice President- Diana Sen, Hispanic Bar Association
Second Vice President – Philip R. Schatz, Federal Bar Association- SDNY
Treasurer – Hilary Gingold, Brandeis Bar Association
Secretary – Kyun Yi, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
Executive Council – Jeanine Conley, Association of Black Women Attorneys
Executive Council – Edwina Francis Martin, Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
Executive Council – Lois Woll, Jewish Lawyers Guild
Executive Council – Domenick Napoletano, Brooklyn Bar Association
Executive Council – Paula T. Edgar, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
Executive Council – Nexus Sea, Nigerian Lawyers Association
Webmaster – Mary Elizabeth Lacerenza, Association of Small Claims Arbitrators
Membership Chair – Elizabeth Connolly, Brehon Bar Association
Legislative Liaison – Daniel C. Marotta, Richmond County Bar Association Immediate Past President – Raymond J. Dowd Federal Bar Association
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
Letter from Network's President
As the New York State Bar week comes to a close, I wanted to share some observations and thank you for joining us at our Reception with Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti. Despite Judge Prudenti's inability to greet us on Thursday , she had an able substitute, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. As he shared his vision and action plan for his final year as the Chief Judge of the State of New York, we were reminded of the strides the courts have made in our quest for access to justice and respect for the judiciary. Throughout the conference, Judge Lippman touched on the critical issues of not only access, but fairness- exploring changes to the grand jury process, juvenile justice, increased funding to the court system.
We had an incredible opportunity to meet the administrative and supervising judges of the unified court system in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. And for this opportunity we thank Ernie Bartol and his firm Murphy, Bartol and O'Brien, LLP for sponsoring the breakfast and Judge A. Gail Prudenti and her Special Counsel, Matthew Kiernan simply for making it happen Thank you.
I would be remiss in not congratulating our immediate past president , Ray Dowd, on his fascinating presentation at the Trust and Estates section luncheon. Bravo Ray!
So, now as bar week comes to a close, I hope you will be able to join in a conversation with our Corporation Counsel, Zachary W. Carter on February 18, 2015 at 6 pm. The flyer is attached.
I look forward to the conversation.
Hon. Bernice D. Siegal, President
On May 19, 2014, shortly before Judge Harold Baer's untimely death, Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the S.D.N.Y. and the Network of Bar Leaders honored Judge Baer and the Past Presidents of the Network of Bar Leaders at a cocktail reception. With humor and grace Judge Baer recounted stories from his career and explained how his interest in encouraging and expanding communication among diverse bar associations resulted in the founding of the Network of Bar Leaders in 1981. It was a very memorable evening. Judge Baer was an inspirational leader and will be sorely missed.
Below are a few of the photos taken at the event. Click here to view or download all photos.
Network Welcomes New Member
At the March 12, 2014 Meeting, the Iranian-American Bar Association (NY Chapter) joined Network of Bar Leaders. With over 300 religiously-diverse members here in New York they are a great addition to Network. IABA's President Raymond Iryami has invited Network members to a March 30 celebration of the Persian New Year. More info at iaba-ny.org and in Network's Events section.
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
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.