The New York State Bar Association Committee on Membership was originally established in 1952. The Committee is comprised of members who maintain a strategic focus on keeping NYSBA membership diverse, inclusive, relevant and valuable for all members of the Association.  

The stated purpose of the Committee on Membership shall be the study of membership development and retention for the Association and the development of recommendations to increase membership and enhance retention of attorneys and law students.

As part of this study, the Committee shall review membership surveys conducted from time to time to aid in fostering membership development among lawyers and law students; study demographic information and existing methods of communication to members and non members to improve the awareness of Association services and actions; consider additional member services and benefits; examine current Section activity levels and develop recommendations for additional programs and services; and consider means of enhancing the availability of Association programs and resources at the regional and local levels in cooperation with local bar associations.

The Committee shall conduct its work in coordination with other committees and Sections of the Association and shall report its finding to the President and Executive Committee as requested.

Message from the Co-Chairs

On behalf of the Committee, we welcome you to join and become active members of the New York State Bar Association. In becoming a member, you are demonstrating your commitment to excellence in the practice of law and being a stakeholder in enhancing our beloved profession.

Our members are not only dedicated to augmenting our skills and supporting one another in the various stages of our professional development, but to also embody a diverse and inclusive association that reflects the wide array of clients that we are privileged to represent and serve.

We encourage you to join whether you are a first-year law student, just embarking on your legal career, or a seasoned practitioner, who may be experiencing a transition in both your professional and personal life. We thereby call upon you to join our robust sections and committees to make your voice heard regarding the issues of the day that are important to you and our association to ensure that we continue to lead the discussion about matters of state and national concern.

Michelle H. Wildgrube, Co-Chair and Clotelle L. Drakeford, Co-Chair

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