State Bar Committee to Examine Work Lives and Expectations of Lawyers
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October 06, 2004
ALBANY – New York State Bar Association President Kenneth G. Standard (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) has announced the appointment of the Special Committee on Balanced Lives in the Law, which will examine how attorneys in various work settings confront the ever-evolving dynamics of meeting professional, societal and personal demands.
“Many lawyers now practice in an all consuming 24/7-instant messaging culture, where a 60-70 hour work week is the norm. Too often the toll exacted means less time for family life, and communities deprived of lawyers’ volunteer efforts,” said Standard.
The 16-member committee will study the effect that today’s law practice culture has on the profession. Such issues as increased time pressures and service demands, a highly competitive legal services marketplace, and expectations for client-development and billing practices will be examined. The group will also consider the impact of changes in the demographics of the legal profession.
The study will focus on factors particular to various work settings, including: private, public and corporate sectors, offices of various sizes and fields of concentration, and offices in large, medium and small population centers. The group will seek information and perspectives from lawyers at different stages in their careers, heads of law firms and legal departments, attorneys who work for the court system, law school administrators and educators, and relevant NYSBA sections and committees, among others.
The committee will submit a report and recommendations to the Executive Committee and House of Delegates.
Committee members are:
M. Catherine Richardson of Syracuse, Chair (Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC)
Alton L. Abramowitz of New York (Sheresky Aronson & Mayefsky, LLP)
Manuel Campos-Galvan of New York (Lexcorp Abogados)
Michael A. Curley of New York (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius)
Evan A. Davis of New York (Cleary Gottlieb Steen &Hamilton)
Jeffrey M. Fetter of Syracuse (Scolaro Shulman Cohen Fetter &Burstein, P.C.)
Maryann Saccomando Freedman of Buffalo (Cohen & Lombardo, PC)
Angela Morcone Giannini of White Plains (Clark Gagliardi & Miller)
James W. Lytle of Albany (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP)
Kathryn Grant Madigan of Binghamton (Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP)
Trinidad Martin of Whitehall (Martin & Martin)
Joan Leary Matthews of Albany (professor, Albany Law School)
Robert F. Quinlan of Bay Shore (Long Tumiello Besso Seligman Quinlan &Werner)
Gary F. Roth of New York (Broadcast Music Inc.)
David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody, LLP)
Joey Silberfein of New York (Proskauer Rose LLP)
Deborah Epstein Henry of Ardmore, Pa., consultant (Flex-Time Lawyers LLC)
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