- History: The State Bar Association
was founded at the state Capitol in Albany on November
21, 1876. It was incorporated by an act of the Legislature on May
2, 1877. NYSBA is a 501(c)(6) private, nonprofit corporation.
- Leadership: Seymour W. James,
Jr., President; David M. Schraver. President-elect; Glenn Lau-Kee,
President-elect Designee; David P. Miranda, Secretary; Claire P.
Gutekunst, Treasurer. They are elected for one-year terms beginning June
Size: 76,000. The largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation has members from
all 50 states and 113 countries.
Size: Executive Director
Patricia K. Bucklin, supervises 120 employees.
- Membership Gender
Breakdown: 66% male, 34%
- Top Three Practice Settings of
NYSBA Members: Private
Practice - 65%, In-house Counsel - 8%, Other - 5%
- Top Areas of Concentration of
NYSBA Members: Real Property
- 18%, Corporate - 16%,General Civil Litigation - 16%,
Business - 14%, Trusts & Estates - 14%, Commercial Litigation - 11%,
General Practice - 11%, Personal/Property Injury - 10%
- Budget: Approximately $25 million. No tax dollars are used to support
- Sections &
Committees: There are 25
specialized substantive law sections with membership sizes varying
between 500 to 5,000 members. There are more than 60 standing and
special committees. Many of these groups publish material dealing with
their field of expertise, much of which is not available through
commercial publishers. These entities address professional development
through continuing legal education programs, and improvement of laws.
- Decision and Policymaking
Bodies: 296-member House of
Delegates meets quarterly. The 27-member Executive Committee has the
authority to act and speak for NYSBA, consistent with previous actions
of the House, when the House is not in session.
- Location: One Elk
Street, Albany NY. A 37,000-square foot facility that comprises a new
building linked with five 19th century townhouses. The design won the
1978 Progressive Architecture Design Award and the American Institute of
Architecture's 1972 Honor Award.
- Purposes: (1) to
cultivate the science of jurisprudence; (2) to promote reform in the
law; (3) to facilitate the administration of justice; (4) to elevate the
standard of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the
legal profession; (5) to cherish and foster a spirit of collegiality
among the members of the Association; (6) to apply its knowledge and
experience in the field of law to promote the public good; (7) to
promote and correlate the same and similar objectives in and among the
bar organizations in the State of New York and in the interest of the
legal profession and the public; (8) and to uphold and defend the
Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of