Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg
will be sworn in as the 122nd president of the New York State Bar Association
(NYSBA) today at a 6 p.m. ceremony at the Bar Center in Albany. Chief Judge
Janet DiFiore will administer the oath of office during the ceremony.
Greenberg has already
announced several groundbreaking initiatives since becoming president on June 1,
including the creation of the NYSBA Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law. The task force will study and understand the seismic impact that autonomous
vehicles will have on our legal system and society, and make recommendations on
how New York State and its legal institutions can prepare for this
revolutionary technological change.
announced that NYSBA will take unprecedented steps to diversify leadership as all 59 NYSBA committees, task forces and working groups will be
chaired, co-chaired or vice-chaired by women, people of color or other
individuals who represent diversity. Greenberg said it is “a moral imperative
that our profession better reflects the diversity exemplified by our clients,” and
also announced that NYSBA will develop and implement an association-wide diversity
and inclusion plan in the coming year.
In the coming days and
weeks, Greenberg said he would announce other initiatives focused on a range of
legal subjects and public policy issues that merit examination and
recommendations for reform.
Greenberg is a
shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and concentrates his practice on civil
litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and regulatory and
administrative law. He is a former counsel to then-New York State Attorney
General (now Governor) Andrew M. Cuomo, general counsel for the New York State
Department of Health, and a federal prosecutor. Among other government posts,
he also served as a law clerk to then-Associate Judge (later Chief Judge)
Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of Syracuse
University College of Law.
The event will take
June 6 – 6 p.m.
1 Elk St.
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the
largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, the
Association has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the
legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers
through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
Contact: Christian Nolan