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Mentoring for Success:

The practice of law will have to evolve as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As attorneys adapt to practicing in whatever our new normal looks like over the course of the next year, it is more important than ever to get involved so you can have a voice in these integral changes. YLS is committed to bringing our members together through the use of technology in order to ensure that we are at the vanguard of this transformation, while providing the core programming, networking and professional development opportunities which the NYSBA is known for.

(Membership in the Young Lawyers Section is open only to law students and attorneys admitted 10 years or less)

Young Lawyers Section Membership Benefits:

  • Discount registration to attend CLE programs sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section
  • Subscription to the Section’s publication Perspective
  • Access to the members-only online Community
  • Networking opportunities
  • Leadership opportunities on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee

* NYSBA Membership Required to join the Young Lawyers Section

Contact the Young Lawyers Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Amanda Logue, Section Liaison
[email protected]

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Jacob W. Petterchak, Esq

Jacob W. Petterchak, Esq.

Jacob W. Petterchak, Esq. is the chair-elect of the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and the young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is currently working as a litigation staff attorney at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison LLP in Manhattan. He is a graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He is licensed to practice law in New York and England and Wales. In addition to being a member of the bar, he is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist and a licensed US Customs Broker. He is well published on matters of financial crimes and professional conduct and has previously lectured and tutored for the US Customs Broker Exam.

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The Young Lawyers Section print newsletter (Perspective) is published by the Young Lawyers Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge. Perspective features substantive legal articles on current issues in all areas of practice, offers more in-depth treatment of professional development, career and networking topics, and provides a forum for expressing opinions and/or commentary on issues affecting young lawyers.

Perspective encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise, and have written articles on such topics as mentoring; balancing job and family; young lawyers in a down economy; and ethics.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.


The Young Lawyers Section each year honors a young lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to both the community and legal profession. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recognizes an attorney who has actively practiced less than 10 years, and has a distinguished record of commitment to the finest traditions of the Bar through public service and professional activities.

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