January 27, 2009
STATE BAR ASSOCIATION URGES LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES FUNDING AND REFORM ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS
In testimony before
Leber advocated for the creation of
a dedicated and ongoing source of funding for civil legal services in
Leber also emphasized the need to
reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws. “Intended to reduce illegal drug use and force dealers
from the streets, these laws have handcuffed judges,
“While we cannot ignore the reality of the economically perilous times in which we live, we also must recognize the importance of reforming judicial salaries,” Leber explained. “Judicial salaries reflect the value society places on the important work our judges perform, and it is of paramount importance to compensate judges fairly and without further delay.”
We remain committed to working with the Governor, the Senate and Assembly on protecting access to justice and ensuring the public’s trust and confidence in our justice system,” Leber concluded.
A copy of President Leber’s submitted testimony is available at www.nysba.org/lebertestimony.
The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, the State Bar’s programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.