nicl parrella news release

November 18, 2010


New initiative will pair "veterans" with "newer" attorneys

(NEW YORK CITY) -In an effort to help create the next generation of qualified and creative lawyers and to provide them with meaningful opportunities for professional development, the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section today launched a new mentoring program that pairs veteran practitioners with young attorneys. 

The inaugural event to be held later this evening at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will be attended by the Honorable Judith S. Kaye (retired Chief Judge of the State of New York and currently of counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) and dozens of mentor/mentee pairs who will meet each other for the first time.

 "We all got where we are by standing on the shoulders of others," said State Bar President Stephen P. Younger (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP). "I was fortunate to be mentored by giants like Judge Richard J. Bartlett, Court of Appeals Judge Hugh R. Jones and the Honorable Harold R. Tyler, Jr. I would not be where I am today without their guidance and support.

"When I took office as president of the State Bar Association last June, I urged the members of our Association to serve as mentors to the next generation of lawyers, to represent our profession well and, most important, to be stewards of our profession.   I congratulate and thank the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section for answering this call to action. This new mentoring program will undoubtedly leave its mark on young attorneys for generations to come," Younger concluded.

The new mentoring program will offer several components, including:

  • A one-on-one mentoring initiative matching experienced commercial litigators with those who are newer to the practice;
  • Opportunities to work together on section programs, reports and events that will enhance careers and the profession; and
  • Continuing legal education programs tailored to young commercial litigators. 

Jonathan D. Lupkin of New York City (Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP), chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, said, "As the legal profession continues to struggle in this difficult economy, we aim to provide newer attorneys with fundamental skills and a potent and meaningful avenue for professional development."

 Lupkin added, "I want to thank past section chair Lesley Friedman Rosenthal (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) and Matthew Maron (Ganfer & Shore LLP), for spearheading this new program and the attorneys who have graciously agreed to serve as mentors to the next generation of lawyers."

Founded in 1988, the 2,400 member Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the State Bar strives to improve the quality of representation of commercial clients in litigation matters, provides a forum for the improvement of law and procedure in the areas of commercial and federal litigation, and enhances the administration of justice. The section is committed to serving the professional development goals of attorneys of color and to fostering diversity in the profession.


The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Founded in 1876, State Bar programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. For more information, please visit our Web site at