Category: News Releases

New York State Bar Association Condemns Effort To Remove U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman

New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson issued the following statement today regarding the effort to remove U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. “The New York State Bar Association condemns the unseemly effort to remove U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. Politics has no place in the administration of justice, as prosecutorial independence is a fundamental component … Continued

Statement on the Repeal of 50-a

New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson released the following statement regarding Governor Cuomo signing the repeal of 50-a. “Disclosing all records pertaining to police misconduct and discipline will help stem the tide of repeated and senseless incidents of police brutality that are all too frequently aimed at people of color and remain … Continued

State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson Comments on Court System’s Independent Review of Institutional Racism

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Scott M. Karson today issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that the state’s court system is planning an independent review of its policies to examine whether there was institutional racism. “The New York State Bar Association commends the state court system for proactively reviewing ways … Continued

New York State Bar Association Calls for Public Disclosure of Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records

The New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Executive Committee today approved repealing Civil Rights Law 50-a to allow for the public disclosure of law enforcement personnel disciplinary records. “Disclosing all records pertaining to police misconduct and discipline will help stem the tide of repeated and senseless incidents of police brutality that are all too frequently … Continued

Scott M. Karson Becomes 123rd President of NYSBA

Karson will serve a one-year term as president. He will be sworn in this evening by New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, during a virtual ceremony that will be the first of its kind in NYSBA’s 144-year history.

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd and Its Aftermath

“The death of George Floyd and its aftermath present a rule of law challenge and crisis. Government officials bear a grave and immense responsibility to comport themselves judiciously and with respect for all concerned in their every word and deed. Now is a time for our government to bring the nation together, not foment further … Continued