NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION APPEALS TO
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR ACTION ON SEQUESTRATION
15 Local Bar Leaders Sign Letter with State Bar
President Seymour W. James, Jr.
The New York State Bar Association and 15 local bar associations are
urging the state’s congressional delegation to protect the
public’s access to justice as the federal government faces the
threat of sequestration.
In a joint letter, State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The
Legal Aid Society in New York City) and the 15 local bar presidents
noted their concern that automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect
January 2 would be devastating to New Yorkers who rely on the federal
courts to resolve disputes and to low-income New Yorkers who need civil
“New York’s federal courts and those using the
courts—both businesses and individuals—would be subject to
delays, inconvenience, scheduling difficulties and, in some cases, the
inability to obtain basic justice,” wrote James and other bar
leaders. “Access to justice is fundamental to our society,
and we are eager to work with you to protect one of our country’s
To read the entire press release, which includes a link to
a copy of the letter, click here.
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