November 3, 2008


Association's 25th Section to provide important resources for lawyers 55+

ALBANY- With an increasing number of older lawyers continuing to practice, The New York State Bar Association has created a new Senior Lawyers Section, for lawyers age 55 and older. 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 donating pro bono services in their communities. The Association's House of Delegates approved the Section's creation at its November 1st meeting in Albany.

"As an active and significant segment of the Association's membership, senior lawyers bring an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and expertise to a diverse range of practice areas," said Association President Bernice K. Leber (Arent Fox LLP). "The new Senior Lawyers Section will provide its members with targeted relevant services to help them continue their great service to the public and the legal profession. I want to thank Justin Vigdor for his outstanding leadership in working to make the 25th section of the Association a reality."

"Particularly in the current economy, more lawyers are deciding to continue their careers longer. The knowledge, experience and skill they bring to bear is tremendously valuable - whether they're in private practice or performing community service. The Senior Lawyers Section is intended to provide our members with vital resources to maintain their practices and offer their experience and expertise to young lawyers and community projects as well," said Association Past President and Senior Lawyers Section Chair Justin L. Vigdor of Rochester(Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP).

Evolving from the Association's Special Committee on Senior Lawyers created in 2006, the Section will serve its members by providing: pro bono opportunities and mentoring opportunities; CLE programs, seminars and lectures; career transition counseling; pre- and post-retirement planning and investing advice; and other services and social opportunities for senior lawyers. It will also serve as the voice of senior lawyers in the association and the community.

The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New Yorkand the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, NYSBA programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.