Report of the Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession

Providing support to the legal profession has always been one of the primary missions of the New York City Bar Association, and rarely has the profession been in such need of support. If you’re a recent law school graduate, you know the situation all too well, because while law student debt is rising, only one out of two of you are expected to find a full-time job requiring bar passage. For those fortunate to find work, many starting salaries are down, and you are confronting new kinds of challenges driven by ever-increasing cost pressures, competition, new ways of doing business, and career paths different from those that traditionally have been available. Read more.

6 PM – 8 PM, CLE
Employee Dismissals: Avoiding The Pitfalls

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

A Review of Recent Case Law and Perspectives from the Bench on Child Neglect/Abuse Proceedings Which Are Based Upon the Theory of Res Ipsa Loquitur

8 AM – 12:30 PM, Event
Financing an Equitable and Resilient Urban Future

9 AM – 5 PM, CLE

Best of 16-Hour Bridge-the-Gap: Practical Skills, Ethics & More (Register for Both Days) (Day 1 Only)

12:30 PM – 2 PM, Event

Profitable Pricing: Don't Think Billable Hour, Think Value - Small Law Firm Luncheon

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Event

Issues in Comparative Legal Ethics

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Event

Practical Tips on How to Position Yourself Effectively in the U.S. Market and Get a Job - For International L.L.M. Students and Attorneys

8:30 AM, Event
Mentoring Circles Meeting

9 AM – 12:30 PM, CLE

Women in Negotiation: Practical Tips To Strengthen Your Negotiation Skills (For You & Your Clients)

3 PM, 5 PM & 8 PM, Event

Regional Rounds of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition

5 PM & 8 PM, Event
Regional Rounds of the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition

5:30 PM – 9 PM, CLE
Hot Topics in Residential Real Estate Bankruptcies

9 AM – 1 PM, CLE
A Practical Guide to LLCs

6 PM – 8 PM, Event

Friday Evening Chamber Music


Close to 200 people attended the City Bar's 10th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium on November 14th, as part of Small Law Firm Month.

City Bar members got free CLE credits for attending Brief Writing 101: A Step-by-Step Approach on November 11th. Look for more free CLEs to come for City Bar members.


Funding for Lawyers Assistance Programs
In a letter to the New York State Office of Court Administration, the Lawyer Assistance Program Committee urged that funding for lawyers assistance programs in New York be re-established in the Judiciary Budget. These programs, the letter noted, provide a vital service for the legal profession, assisting lawyers and judges, as well as law firm employees, law students, and their family members who are affected by alcohol and substance abuse, stress, depression, gambling, work-life balance and other mental health and quality of life issues. Funding for these programs ended in 2011 with a resulting cutback in services. Re-establishment of funding mechanisms would be a major step toward reversing that cutback.

New York's Primary Day

The Committee on Election Law expressed support for A.8198, which would establish the fourth Tuesday in June as New York’s Primary Day for both federal and state offices and party positions. Currently, New York holds its primaries for public office in state and local municipalities and for party positions (other than President and National Convention delegates and alternates) in September, while primaries for public offices at the federal level are held in June. Consolidating the primaries in June would move campaigns from the summer to the spring, when the electorate is more engaged; maximize voter turnout; reduce election administration costs and rationalize the currently compressed pre-election litigation schedule.


As an exciting benefit of membership, the City Bar would like to offer members, along with their friends and family, the opportunity to rent space at the House of the Association on weekends. From cocktail parties to weddings, this beautiful and historic building is the ideal location for any reception or event. Working with Abigail Kirsch Catering, we offer guests a unique and cost-effective experience right here in the heart of Manhattan.

If you are interested, please contact Abigail Kirsch Catering at 212-696-4076 or, or Nick Marricco at 212-382-6637 or


Small Law Firm Month continues with special offers from member benefit companies, including a free virtual credit card terminal from LawPay, 50% off New York Essentials* from LexisNexis, and a free onsite Audit and Assessment and Kindle Fire* from Point-to-Point Solution.

*some exclusions apply, visit for more information.


Notice of Nominees for City Bar Offices & Committees
As was recently announced, the following candidates have been nominated for the City Bar’s various offices and committees. Those elected will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the City Bar on May 20, 2014. Pursuant to By-law XXIII, other nominations must be posted no later than January 2, 2014.


Debra L. Raskin

Vice Presidents
David M. Brodsky
Carrie H. Cohen
Nancy M. Louden

Ona T. Wang

Allan L. Gropper

Executive Committee
Class of 2016

Brad S. Karp

Executive Committee
Class of 2018

Matthew Diller
R. Nadine Fontaine
Carmelyn P. Malalis
John F. Savarese

Audit Committee
Robert Buckholz
Richard Cashman
Daniel Kolb
Elizabeth S. Stong
Mark Stone


Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2013 (subscription required)
New York Bar Group Develops Alternatives to 'Big Law' Jobs

"With thousands of debt-laden new lawyers entering the market at a time when plum jobs at big firms are in short supply, the influential New York City Bar Association is trying out some alternatives. They include placing novice lawyers in apprenticeships with big banks and other employers, and starting up a law firm that will test whether young attorneys can make a decent living helping people who can't afford market-rate legal bills. What's needed to address fundamental shifts in the legal profession is more hands-on training—both during and after law school—according to a report to be published Thursday by a task force formed by the bar group."

New York Law Journal
, November 14, 2013

City Bar Report Pushes for Training of Young Lawyers

"After an exhaustive look at the dismal state of employment for young lawyers in New York, a New York City Bar task force has recommended additional avenues of training and support for new graduates, a shift in focus from large law jobs to providing services to the middle class, and continued experimentation with law school curricula and changes to the bar exam."

New York Law Journal, November 14, 2013
Task Force Suggests Changes to Bar Exam

"Law graduates taking the New York State bar exam in 2015 had better be schooled in aspects of administrative law but they will not need to be experts on Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which covers obligations and procedures of negotiable instruments such as checks or notes. Changes to the exam were mentioned in a report issued Wednesday by the New York City Bar Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession, which among things, urged the Board of Law Examiners and the New York Court of Appeals to consider further proposals to reform the bar exam and lawyer accreditation process."

, November 14, 2013 (subscription required)

NYC Bar Hopes New Law Firm Pilot Will Help Launch Careers

"The New York City Bar Association on Thursday began an ambitious expansion of its efforts to match law school graduates with millions of New Yorkers who have unmet legal needs, launching a law firm pilot dedicated to helping clients of modest means and pushing government and private 'bridge-to-practice' partnerships. The 24,000-lawyer group also said in its report dedicated to 'New Lawyers in a Changing Profession' that it would, within a year, recommend possible changes to the state bar exam to improve how law school grads' qualifications are tested."

, November 13, 2013

Weil on Finance: Rakoff Slams Holder

"The U.S. district judge from Manhattan spoke yesterday at a New York Bar conference, criticizing the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for the lack of prosecutions of high-level executives in connection with the financial crisis."

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