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Scott M. Karson, President

Scott M. Karson of Stony Brook, a partner at Lamb & Barnosky, became president of NYSBA on June 1, 2020.

Karson is a commercial and municipal litigator with a concentration in appellate work and has argued more than 100 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. He also chairs his firm’s Professional Ethics and Litigation Committees.

A NYSBA member for more than three decades, Karson served for three years as treasurer of the association. He has served on the Executive Committee as vice president for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk counties). He is a member and former chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee to Review Judicial Nominations. A longtime member of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, Karson worked during his time as chair to clarify court rules to create a standard price that could be charged for court transcripts. 

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Scott M. Karson of Stony Brook, a partner at Lamb & Barnosky, became president of NYSBA on June 1, 2020.

Karson is a commercial and municipal litigator with a concentration in appellate work and has argued more than 100 appeals in the state and federal appellate courts. He also chairs his firm’s Professional Ethics and Litigation Committees.

A NYSBA member for more than three decades, Karson served for three years as treasurer of the association. He has served on the Executive Committee as vice president for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk counties). He is a member and former chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee to Review Judicial Nominations. A longtime member of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, Karson worked during his time as chair to clarify court rules to create a standard price that could be charged for court transcripts. 

A past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Karson was the county bar’s delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. As president, he will be a NYSBA delegate to the ABA. He still serves on the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. Karson is vice chair of the board of directors of Nassau Suffolk Law Services, the principal provider of civil legal services to Long Island’s indigent population. He has twice received the Suffolk County Bar Association President’s Award, in 1996 and 2011, and received the its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Before joining Lamb & Barnosky in 1987, Karson served as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County and as principal law clerk to the late Associate Justice Lawrence J. Bracken of the Appellate Division, Second Department. 

Karson earned his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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NYSBA Officers are elected by the House of Delegates and include the President, President-elect (who automatically become President the year following that of election), Secretary, and Treasurer.

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Totaling thirty members, the Executive Committee has the authority to act and speak for the NYSBA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Executive Committee meets quarterly and at other times as necessary.

The Executive Committee is composed of the President, President-elect, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Association. In addition, there are vice-presidents from each of the thirteen judicial districts (the 1st district has two vice presidents) in the state, eight members-at-large, and the immediate past president. All officers are elected to serve one-year terms.

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Section Chairs represent each of NYSBA’s 26 Sections. Each Section draws its membership from lawyers or judges with common professional interests. Sections operate with their own officers, dues schedule and committees. They address professional development, improvement of laws and continuing education in a variety of substantive law fields.

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