NYSBA Signs Partnerships with Law Societies of England, Wales and Scotland
In London today, New York State Bar Association President Sherry Levin Wallach signed a memorandum of understanding with the Law Societies of England, Wales and Scotland and the Bar Council of England and Wales.
The signing ceremony took place at the Law Society in London. The association is holding its annual Global Conference this week at Goodenough College in London.
In her remarks at the signing ceremony, Levin Wallach said that partnerships with other law associations are integral to the future of the law profession and of the rule of law itself.
“In times of global uncertainty, the rule of law often comes under attack. At its heart, the overarching theme of partnerships such as we signed today, is to protect and defend the rule of law,” she said.
The leaders of all four organizations spoke of the foundation in common law and fundamental human rights. “Our two jurisdictions have much in common, we both share a commitment to fundamental values including the rule of law, access to justice and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Nick Emmerson, vice president of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Mark Fenhalls, president of the Bar Council, said the legal profession is stronger when everyone works together on the difficult issues of the day including climate change and increased pressure on democratic ideals and human rights.
The agreement provides a framework for the organizations to develop day-to-day collaborations encompassing programming, network building, and shared education.
Sheila Webster, president-elect of the Law Society of Scotland, reminded those at the ceremony how the partnership will help all of their members grow in the legal profession. “Cooperation with bar associations offers an incredible opportunity to establish mutual relationships and provide value to our members through educational and professional development.”
The New York State Bar Association has 5,000 members who reside and practice outside of the United States and 65 chapters abroad.