Month: July 2019

California Bans Inquiries on Would-be Lawyers Mental Health

Bloomberg Law reported on NYSBA and its task force to review the state’s bar application, making sure mental health treatment does not negatively affect admission. (may require subscription) The California Bar starting in January will be prohibited from seeking prospective lawyers’ mental health records under a just-enacted law. California becomes the latest state to remove … Continued

Out of Many, One (Commentary)

The New York Law Journal published President Greenberg’s op ed on diversity and the need for lawyers to speak out on divisive rhetoric. (may require subscription) The United States is a beautiful mosaic of people. We are women and men, straight and gay, of every race, color, ethnicity, national origin, and religion. We have varying beliefs … Continued

Rural America: Are the Pastures Greener? (Letter to the Editor)

The New York Times printed President Greenberg’s letter to the editor on the critical need for lawyers in rural America. (may require subscription) I’m a homeowner in a small city in rural western Colorado, with two master’s degrees. We’ve had two booms and three busts since I moved here in 1978; we are only now returning to … Continued

Upstates Rural Towns Struggle with Shortage of Lawyers

The Daily Star reported on the Task Force on Rural Justice and quoted President Greenberg. The article also appeared in the Plattsburgh Press Republican and Niagara Gazette. Rural New Yorkers run into the same situations in life that require legal assistance as residents of urban and suburban regions — contract disputes, estate planning questions, real estate transactions and divorce, … Continued

NYS Bar Association to Examine State of Rural Law Practice

The Spectator quoted President Greenberg on the Task Force on Rural Justice. New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Henry M. Greenberg recently announced the creation of the Task Force on Rural Justice to examine the state of rural law practice in New York State. Ninety-seven percent of all New York lawyers work and live in … Continued

July 23, 2019: State Bar Association Mourns Passing of Legendary District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the passing of Robert M. Morgenthau, the legendary former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Manhattan’s longest-tenured district attorney, who retired at the end of 2009 after more than four decades of public service. “New York has … Continued

Learning from Oregon

The Buffalo Law Journal reported on Aleece Burgio, co-chair of the NYSBA Committee on Cannabis Law, and her career path. (may require subscription) Aleece Burgio set out on a soul-searching trek when she finished law school in 2015. She traveled around the country on a road trip that lasted months. It took her from her hometown … Continued

Crisis Point Approaches as Rural NY Loses its Lawyers

The Albany Times Union reported on the crisis affecting rural law practices and quoted President Greenberg on the Task Force on Rural Justice. (may require subscription) Practicing law in the country can make for a nice life. Small-town lawyers know their clients as friends and neighbors. They make a difference in tight-knit communities where their … Continued