Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg, of Albany, has become the 122nd president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
Greenberg will serve a one-year term as president. He succeeds Michael Miller, of New York City. Sherry Levin Wallach, of White Plains, will serve her third one-year term as secretary. Domenick Napoletano, of Brooklyn, is treasurer. Scott M. Karson, of Stony Brook, becomes president-elect.
“It is the highest honor of my professional life to be president of an association with such a proud history of serving as the voice of New York’s legal profession,” said Greenberg. “Lawyers are indispensable to the rule of law, administration of justice and ordered liberty. No other profession has a higher or nobler calling.
“Our members throughout the state – and across the globe – look to NYSBA for leadership when performing their vitally important work,” continued Greenberg. “We will not fail them. We will take strong positions, wherever and whenever necessary, and work tirelessly to improve the practice of law and guarantee the vitality of the profession.”
Greenberg said that in the coming days and weeks, NYSBA will announce numerous initiatives focused on a range of legal subjects and public policy issues that merit examination and recommendations for reform.
Greenberg is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and concentrates his practice on civil litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and regulatory and administrative law. He is a former counsel to then-New York State Attorney General (now Governor) Andrew M. Cuomo, general counsel for the New York State Department of Health, and a federal prosecutor. Among other government posts, he also served as a law clerk to then-Associate Judge (later Chief Judge) Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals.
Previously, he served in NYSBA’s House of Delegates as vice-president of the Third Judicial District, and chaired the Committee on the New York State Constitution, the Committee on Court Structure and Operations, the Legislative Policy Committee, the Steven C. Krane Special Committee on Law School Loan Assistance for Public Interest, and the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service. He chairs the New York State Third Department Judicial Screening Committee, serves on the statewide Judicial Screening Committee, and is counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, which nominates New York’s Court of Appeals judges.
He is a vice chair of the Historical Society of the New York Courts, a life fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law and the Advisory Group of the New York State and Federal Judicial Council.
A frequent lecturer, Greenberg has been published numerous times on a wide range of legal subjects. He is a co-editor of the book Judith S. Kaye in Her Own Words: Reflections on Life and the Law, with Selected Judicial Opinions and Articles. In April 2019, Greenberg joined an impressive group of individuals from the highest levels of the profession who have delivered the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture, the annual event that honors Hughes’s service to the nation and devotion to the law. Greenberg’s lecture was titled “Charles Evans Hughes & The Role of New York’s Organized Bar at a Time of Crisis for the Rule of Law.”
Greenberg earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, with honors.
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
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