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.
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.