Senior lawyers currently make up 25 percent of the
Association’s membership, and include those who continue to work
full time at law firms or in solo practices, as well as those who opt
for part-time employment opportunities or donate pro bono services in
their communities. Evolving from the Association’s Special
Committee on Senior Lawyers created in 2006, the Association’s
House of Delegates approved the Section’s creation at its November
1, 2008 meeting in Albany.
What We Do
Lawyers like you who are age 55 or older have very valuable
experiences, talents, and interests. Some of you may be considering
whether or not to continue your full-time legal career while others of
you may be in transition to a new position, a reduced time commitment in
your current position, or, retirement from a full-time legal career.
Therefore, the Senior Lawyers Section was created to:
Provide opportunities for you to continue to utilize your expertise
in full-time or part-time law practice, in other areas of employment, in
pro bono and civic service, in mentoring young attorneys, in serving on
boards of directors for business and charitable organizations and in
lecturing and writing.
Provide programs and services tailored to your needs when it comes
to: job opportunities; CLE programs; seminars and lectures; career
transition counseling; pro bono training; networking and social
activities; quality of life issues like travel and recreation; and,
professional, financial and retirement planning, and a host of valuable
Act as the voice of senior lawyers within the Association and the
community in addressing important issues of particular concern to senior
lawyers, including age discrimination. With the baby boom generation
approaching traditional retirement age, and with the law evolving in a
way that will likely make law firms subject to federal age
discrimination laws, this issue of age discrimination is achieving great
importance. The Senior Lawyers Section will work toward the day where
all lawyers will be evaluated on merit alone, and not on their age.