Committee for Bar Leaders of New York State

Mission Statement

The Committee for Bar Leaders of New York State is first and foremost an organization for bar leaders dedicated to providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas. 

The Committee works to advance the objectives of the organized bar, encourages communication and collaboration among bar associations, promotes leadership development for present and future bar leaders, hosts workshops and programs that provide educational opportunities and foster networking. 

View our online community! For committee members only. A username and password are required to login. A committee roster can be found here

Call for nominations - 2019 Bar Leaders Innovation Awards

The Committee is pleased to open nominations for the 2019 Bar Leaders Innovation Awards for local, diverse, special purpose and specialty bar associations in New York State, as well as for the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

These awards recognize how bar associations adapt to the needs of their members and the community at large by introducing new programs, ideas and methodologies that benefit everyone involved. Every bar association is encouraged to participate. Every new idea put into effect, no matter how small it may seem, is welcome for consideration.

The awards program also provides information to bar leaders concerning new activities and projects that promote the public good, public understanding of the law or the professional responsibilities of attorneys.

The 2019 awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting in New York, January 2020. Award recipients are not required to attend. Arrangements will be made to recognize winners at their home bar associations.

The nomination form can be downloaded and completed on your computer. Submit with additional details regarding your program or incentive to Mark Wilson, who can be reached at 518.487.5540 if you have any questions. Nominations are due Friday, November 15, 2019.


Call for Bar Profiles: Reviving the Bar Around the Corner

The Committee is relaunching the Bar Around the Corner feature series, previously run in regular editions of NYSBA’s State Bar News. Click the link above to download the questionnaire, complete it and return as directed. Your profile will run in a subsequent Bar Blast and be uploaded to the Committee’s web page. 


Bar leaders best practices Webinar series

Upcoming Event - Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Motivating Young Lawyers to Bar Service

Bar associations face a dual challenge when it comes to young lawyers – getting them to join and keeping them engaged. Millennial lawyers are not enrolling in professional and civic groups as did earlier generations.

This webinar will look at how associations can provide relevance and opportunities for younger attorneys through innovative programs and outreach. It will also review strategies to more quickly advance younger attorneys into positions of responsibility and leadership.

Click the above link for more information and to register.


Past Event - Operations 

Succession Planning to Enhance Your Bar's Leadership

Click the above link to view the video.


Past Event - Membership

Attracting, Engaging and Retaining New and Young Attorneys and Leveraging Social Media to Raise Your Association's Profile.

Click the above link to view the video.


Bar Association Events Calendar

This is a listing of events being held by various bar associations all across the state. 


New York State Committee for Bar Leaders of New York State Hyperlinks 

Bar Leader Update Form 

Bar Around the Corner Archives