About the General Practice Section

The General Practice Section invites you to browse our web page for information to help you manage your daily practice of law.

One of our primary goals is to enhance the competence and skills of lawyers engaged in the general practice of law, to improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality legal services to their clients and to enhance the role of general practitioners to provide a medium through which general practitioners may cooperate and assist each other in the resolution of the problems and issues of practicing law.

Meet the Chair
Richard A. Klass, Esq.

Executive Committee Roster

General Practice Section Bylaws
As amended January 2012

2013-2014 ANNUAL REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP

The General Practice Section is pleased to report an active and productive year.

To better serve its membership across the State, the Section has instituted regional chapters in each of the State’s four judicial departments. The goal of these Chapters is four-fold: to make a difference in the practice of law in New York; to provide meaningful networking opportunities as a means of enhancing members’ practices; to enable members to better serve their clients; and to enhance the public interest. Chapter membership is open to all GP Section members at no charge above annual Section membership dues. For more information or to join a chapter, visit www.nysba.org/GPChapters

The Section’s strong financial position has made possible a $10,000 donation to The New York Bar Foundation to establish a restricted fund for the purpose of supporting pro bono legal services in general practice. The Section is delighted by the amount of interest that has been expressed in the fund thus far, and by the worthy causes represented. General practitioners across the state can know that their support of the General Practice Section is contributing to the public good.

This year, the Section instituted the General Practice Section Award in order to recognize those who are “outstanding, innovative, and [have] made significant contributions to improve the daily practice of law for general practitioners in New York State.” Announced at Annual Meeting in New York, the award’s first recipient is Leonard Sienko of Hancock, NY, for his dedicated and resourceful work on the Section’s blog and wEbrief email newsletters that are distributed to members on a weekly basis.

Section programming this year has included an Annual Meeting event providing the latest updates in traditional areas of legal practice, held in conjunction with the Committee on Professional Discipline; an ethics program with an emphasis on issues faced by solo and small-firm practitioners held in Buffalo and co-sponsored by the Minority Bar Association of Western New York; an informative program on legal blogging in conjunction with the Law Practice Management Committee. The blogging CLE program served as the first step in kicking off the Section’s innovative new “mentoring blog,” which will pair mentors and mentees tasked with creating content for online publication on a Section-sponsored blog.

In the fall, the Section plans to host a weekend getaway in Saratoga Springs, and the Election Law and Government Affairs Committee is co-sponsoring a 3-location MCLE program with a live webcast option in conjunction with the NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education. As always, the Section’s listserve continues to foster lively discussions among members.

GENERAL PRACTICE SECTION MISSION STATEMENT

This Section, alone or in coordination with other sections and committees of the New York State Bar Association (hereinafter referred to as the Association) shall plan and conduct such continuing legal education programs, collect, publish and distribute such educational and professional materials, and undertake such other and diverse activities authorized from time by the Association and the officers and Executive Committee of the Section as shall enhance the competence and skills of lawyers engaged in the general practice of law and improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality legal services to their clients. Its activities shall be designed also to enhance the role of general practitioners as contributing members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and the Association, and to provide a medium through which general practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems common to them and to the legal profession, all to their mutual benefit and that of the membership of the Association and the legal profession at large, and to the benefit of the substantive body of law in New York and of the general administration of justice throughout the state.