Delmar Attorney Named Special Counsel
Attorney Richard Rifkin of Delmar was recently named to the newly-created position of special counsel to the New York State Bar Association. Rifkin, who most recently served as special counsel to Governor David Paterson and former Governor Eliot Spitzer, brings 42 years of experience to the position.
“Richard Rifkin is an extremely talented individual who has dedicated more than four decades of his life to serving the public,” said Association Executive Director Patricia K. Bucklin. “He has spent his career working tirelessly to improve the law for the public good, and his extensive knowledge of ethics law, public policy and state government will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to our organization. We are very excited and fortunate to have Richard with us, and I join all of my colleagues in welcoming him to the Bar Association team.”
As special counsel, Rifkin will assist the Executive Director in identifying and responding to issues of interest to the Association. He will also handle day-to-day ethics-related inquiries and work on federal legislative priorities. He will serve as staff liaison to the Committees on Professional Ethics, Professional Discipline and Unlawful Practice of the Law, the recently created Task Force on Wrongful Convictions, and the Special Committee on Federal Legislative Priorities.
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The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, the Association’s programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.