Membership

  • Member Communities
    • Member Communities

      Start using your member communities now.

      The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

      To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

      How Can I Use It?

      Seamlessly integrated with nysba.org, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

      Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

      If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

      Start using your member communities now.


  • Why Join?

    NEW FOR 2013-2014 

    We never stop improving our resources for our members. We help you advance your knowledge, connections and career. We deliver the greatest value possible for your membership.

    NEW www.nysba.org! With a responsive design that allows you to have specialized views delivered right to your devices.  Resources that are available to you include: an online marketplace; a search engine tailored to the profession; self-service options for printing invoices, receipts and CLE certificates; as well as easy access to blogs and Communities (see next bullet). Use the MyNYSBA page to automatically retrieve and organize the information relevant to your practice.

    • Online Section-wide communitiesact as a virtual network to grow your career. Communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members.

    • Fastcase free legal research service – NYSBA members receive FREE and unlimited access to a substantial number of libraries, and an 80% discount (that’s just $195 per year) on unlimited access to the full Fastcase law library which includes all Federal and State research libraries. And for NYSBA’s newly admitted attorney members: you get free access to the full Fastcase research libraries for your first two years after you are admitted. The Fastcase Collection includes cases, statutes, regulations, court rules and constitutions.

    • NYSBA Women’s Community – designed to help connect women attorneys with NYSBA and each other for professional success. A quarterly Community newsletter will provide interviews with prominent attorneys, updates on current issues and various practice tips and valuable advice. The NYSBA website will also include a women’s resource center with links to relevant content, as well as a private online professional Community. 

    CLE Continuing Legal Education

    For New York-law specific CLE seminars and products: go to www.nysba.org/CLE.  With courses taught by the state’s leading legal minds, we deliver you the highest-quality education available. With NYSBA CLE you can:

    • Save time with the Advanced CLE Search: smart filters eliminate search results not pertinent to your search and help you target the specific content you need; CLE specific-search allows you to find programs by topic, date, location, credits or format; and, search including CLE is available from every page.

    • Save money with a significant members-only 40% discount.

    • We offer more than 225 live programs, webinars, teleconferences and webcasts, and programs available on CD, and DVD.

    • Save even more time with CLE audio files – downloadable for use with iPod and MP3 players.

    • Record your credits online – the www.nysba.org updated CLE page includes a special CLE Credit Tracker showing the number and type of credits for each course; and credits earned through NYSBA are automatically, conveniently tabulated.

    • Take advantage of members-only discounts on Section-sponsored CLE seminars, plus more than 40 CLE sessions every January, all under one roof, at our Annual Meeting

    Information

    We deliver more accurate information every day. NYSBA helps you stay informed on New York law. With NYSBA membership you get complimentary subscriptions to three publications in print form and convenient, online searchable archives:

    • NYSBA Journal delivers substantive articles on current legal topics
    • New York State Law Digest features monthly analysis of Court of Appeals decisions
    • State Bar News highlights NYSBA legislative actions and member initiatives 

    With NYSBA membership you also have access to an increasing variety of timely, electronic and print communications, tools and resources including: 

    • NEW Communities to help you connect, network and work together on projects with colleagues via enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries (see page 10 for greater detail). Communities also conveniently house all your social media avenues:  Blogs, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn groups, Facebook pages and YouTube Channels
    • Section newsletters and publications to help you stay informed of developments in your areas of practice
    • NYSBA Benefits e-newsletter to save you time and money on products and services geared for attorneys.
    • FREE Ethics App for your mobile device to help you avoid professional pitfalls.
    • FREE webcast series for new attorneys for the early stages of your career.
    • Government, Law and Policy Journal to help you understand in-depth public policy issues and trends**

    Plus, with NYSBA membership you get convenient law practice and career resources: 

    • CLIO cloud-based practice management tool – a NYSBA member exclusive, CLIO is a 100% web-based legal practice management system that meets the specific needs of solo and small firm practitioners; ongoing NYSBA members receive a 10% lifetime discount; newly admitted attorneys receive a one-year FREE period; go to www.nysba.org/CLIO for a free trial.

    • The acclaimed, online Solo and Small Firm Resource Center found on www.nysba.org/lpm for successful practice management – features the popular Smallfirmville blog, free sample forms, practical tools for solo and small firms, ethics opinions, business continuity plans, and e-mail contacts for asking questions, among other benefits.

    • The NYSBA Career Center found on www.nysba.org/jobs and powered by JobTarget – offers a full featured job service board with FREE, confidential resume posting for members for one year; exclusive access to posted ads for 14 days; additional, comprehensive job, employment and careers resources; connections to job listings; and, links to key elements of any career transition.    

    Website (www.nysba.org)

    With the ALL NEW www.nysba.org you get the following features and benefits: 

    • New Intuitive Navigation - drop down and fly out menus make all major content areas accessible directly from the home page.
    • Sortable Events - Locate CLE, Section and NYSBA events more easily.
    • By Members for Members - Articles and blog posts written by members.
    • Reports - Recently approved substantive reports.
    • Members Only - A new navigation area consolidating all members-only offerings including publications, legal research, benefits, MyNYSBA and more.
    • Policy and Advocacy -A new navigation area highlighting the work of the Association.
    • Communities -Gives you direct access to NYSBA’s private online professional Communities from the home page or your mobile device.
    • Login - Log in just once and stay logged in to NYSBA’s website and Communities.

    Sections & Committees

    NYSBA is your one-stop resource for networking and professional development opportunities. Make valuable personal contacts. Establish life-long friendships. With NYSBA Sections and Committees you can:

    • Connect, network and work collaboratively with NEW Section-wide communities – private, online professional networks, built on the concept of  listserves.
    • Mix and mingle with some of the state’s finest legal minds – Section and Committee networking events with judges and prominent attorneys.
    • Save money – members receive significant discounts on Section-sponsored continuing legal education seminars.
    • Enhance your knowledge – practice-specific Section publications that help you stay informed of developments .

    You can choose from NYSBA’s 25 Sections

    Antitrust Law; Business Law; Commercial & Federal Litigation; Corporate Counsel; Criminal Justice; Dispute Resolution; Elder Law; Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law; Environmental Law; Family Law; Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law; General Practice; Health Law; Intellectual Property Law; International; Judicial (limited to judges of New York courts of record and judges of United States courts who reside in the state); Labor & Employment Law; Municipal Law; Real Property Law; Senior Lawyers (limited to attorneys age 55 and over); Tax; Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law; Trial Lawyers; Trusts & Estates Law; and Young Lawyers (open to law students and attorneys admitted less than 10 years) .

    With NYSBA Committees you can influence the legislation that impacts your profession. Check out NYSBA’s complete list of committees at www.nysba.org/committees

    Insurance & Financial Services

    Designed especially for attorneys like you, NYSBA’s insurance and financial products add up to savings that often cover or even exceed the cost of membership. 

    • Lawyer’s Professional Liability Coverage – 800.265.2876 x 11352. Carrier CNA From solo attorneys to large firms, with NEW credits for NYSBA members: NEW 5% NYSBA membership credit. This 5% credit will be applied to your Lawyers’ Professional Liability Policy premium for membership in the NYSBA, on a per-attorney basis. NEW 7.5% risk control credit per attorney for two years after completing a qualifying CNA risk management seminar.
    • Business Insurance – 855.874.1266. Workers’ Compensation Dividend Program, Business Insurance Package, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), Directors & Officers coverage (D&O), Cyber Liability and Crime & Fiduciary Liability.
    • Medical – 888.834.3664. Medical Benefit Plans – You have access to three comprehensive PPO medical plans and one EPO plan option, all including prescription drug coverage.
    • Dental Benefits – An optional dental program is available through United Concordia.
    • Wellness Programs – Earn up to $300 a year for designated health & wellness activities.  Or take advantage of MVP Health Care’s award winning disease management programs and discounts.
    • Extensive Provider Network – Access to CIGNA Health Care’s extensive network of nearly 500,000 doctors and specialists and 5,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities; and MVP Health Care’s strong regional network of more than 19,000 providers and 150 hospitals and facilities.
    • Life and Disability – 877.245.8550. Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company – Group Term Life Insurance, Group Long-Term Disability Income Insurance.
    • Personal & Financial – 877.245.8550. Auto, Home and Renters, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment.
    • Long Term Care – 800.616.8759.
    • Credit cards – NYSBA Platinum Plus® for Business MasterCard® from Bank of America (800.598.8791, code UABOJO); and, NYSBA Platinum Plus® MasterCard® Credit Card with World Points®  Rewards from Bank of America (800.932.2775, code UAA8G9).
    • NYSBA-endorsed ABA retirement funds – 800.826.8901. Profit sharing, 401(k), defined benefit, target benefit, and other plans.

    Advocacy

    We work actively to influence government policy for the advancement of the profession – and your practice. The Association’s 2013-2014 legislative priorities program encompasses the following:

    • Integrity of New York’s Justice System
    • Integrity of New York’s Juvenile Justice System
    • Revision of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law
    • Sealing Records re: Conviction of Certain Crimes
    • Support for the Legal Profession
  • Member Benefits & Savings Programs

    Saving money is a smart practice


    Enhance the efficiency and lower the cost of your practice with special discount programs for NYSBA members. From insurance and financial services to discounted office products, your NYSBA membership gets you dramatic savings on important services every practice needs.

    Fastcase
    NEW!
    Fastcase free legal research service. You receive free and unlimited access to the following libraries: N.Y. Court of Appeals, A.D. Decisions, Misc. Decisions, N.Y. Consolidated Laws, N.Y.C.R.R., N.Y.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, 2d Circuit Decisions, and Supreme Court Decisions.  Plus, you get an 80% discount off the regular price of $995 (that means you pay just $195 per year) on unlimited access to the full Fastcase law library which includes all Federal and State research libraries. And for NYSBA’s newly admitted attorney members: you get free access to the full Fastcase research libraries for your first two years after you are admitted.


    FedEx LogoSave up to 26% on FedEx services across town or around the world.* NYSBA members receive discounts of up 26% on FedEx® shipping and office services through the FedEx Advantage® discount program. It’s free to enroll and there are no minimum shipping requirements. To qualify, simply go to https://advantagemember.visionary.com/6836/ and enter passcode ZY73QG to enroll. Once you enroll, you can save: up to 26% on select FedEx Express® services; up to 20% on select FedEx Express international services; up to 12% on select FedEx Ground® and FedEx Home Delivery® services; and, up to 20% on FedEx Office® services. Click here to register today, or call 800.475.6708.


    LEGAL SOFTWARE* please see footnote
    CaseSoft - Save 25% on litigation software and chronology-graphing tools.
    Corel - Corel has selected five of our best products for legal customers and made them available at up to 50% off! That means you can get productivity-enhancing tools for word processing, Tables of Authorities creation, PDF publishing, video playback and file compression - all at special savings
    CLIO - Clio is a legal practice management program that is optimized to meet the needs of solo practitioners and small firms. Cloud-hosted, secure and easy-to-use, Clio keeps your valuable practice data at your fingertips and frees you of your office server. 
    Trust Accounting Made Easy  - Save 15% on software designed by TAME Software & Consulting to manage your attorney trust and escrow accounts and maintain compliance with New York State record-keeping requirements. TAME also provides comprehensive consulting services to assist attorneys with all attorney trust account related issues. www.tamelaw.com
    Workshare Technology Inc. - Save 15% off pricing on products purchased online - information security software for legal professionals which will help you improve redlining and document collaboration and more.

    LEGAL RESEARCH AND ALERTS
    Loislaw.com online electronic research.
    NYSBA/Loislaw LawWatch CaseAlert Service allows members to sign up to receive e-mail alerts of new cases in one of twenty areas of practice.
    CourtAlert case tracking service. NYSBA members receive a free trial, ongoing member discounts, and a link to the CourtAlert court calendar search page and free trial searches for a period of 30 days!
    CasePrepPlus™ is a weekly service highlighting and summarizing the most recent and significant New York appellate cases (with links to the full opinions), plus alerts and reminders about recent legislation and uniform rules changes.

    JURY RESEARCH
    JuryVoice.com - NYSBA members save on the online mock trial service that delivers jury research right to your desktop.

    FINANCIAL SERVICES
    Bank of America: Platinum Plus® for Business MasterCard credit card with WorldPoints® rewards. Personal card - BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® credit card.
    NYSBA-Endorsed ABA Retirement Funds Celebrating over 50 years of service! Find out why thousands of law firms of all sizes - even solos - use the ABA Retirement Funds Program as their 401(k) provider. Call us at 866.812.3580 or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information and a prospectus.

    INSURANCE PROGRAMS
    USI Affinity Sponsored Insurance Program: USI Affinity offers a broad spectrum of insurance products for NYSBA members, their firms, and their employees - ranging from Individual Life, Disability, Auto & Home…to Lawyers' Professional Liability…to group Medical & Prescription Drug, and more.

    OFFICE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
    VENYU - Save 40% on automated data backup & offsite storage.
    MeetingBridge - Save 25% on Teleconferencing and Web Conferencing Services.
    Blumberg Forms Online - Save 20% on popular legal forms.
    Penny Wise Office Supplies - Up to 30% off already discounted prices.
    UPS and  FedEx overnight delivery services.

    OTHER
    Career Center and Job Alert Service - free resume posting for members for one year; highly competitive rates for employers posting jobs .
    CLE Seminars,  CLE Online,  Audio and Video,  Publications - save with special member discounts.
    Pieper New York - Multistate Bar Review, Ltd. - all NYSBA Law Student Members receive a $50 discount who sign up for an upcoming Pieper full or home study bar review course for the New York State Bar Examination.
    MarketYourLawPractice.com - Effectively and ethically attract new clients! This unique, highly secure website offers hundreds of tools, tip sheets, checklists, templates, and more to help you develop and implement a personalized marketing plan.
    Hertz and  Avis car rentals.

    WEBSITE DESIGN
    Amicus Creative Media - State of the art custom websites and online marketing for law firms. NYSBA members save 25%.
    EsqSites123.com - Save 25% when you create your own legal web site with EsqSites.

    *A note regarding our discount programs: The Association goes to great lengths to obtain the best possible discount programs for our members. While not common, it is possible that at any given point in time, a lower price might be found on a sponsored product.  Many of our discount partners operate in volatile markets, and this is especially true of computer hardware and software manufacturers. The Association can not restrict the business decisions that our discount partners make in response to changing market conditions, nor can our partners restrict the business decisions of their product retailers. 

  • Member Testimonials

    T. Andrew Brown, Esq., NYSBA Member Since 1985
    Membership gives greater meaning to a law degree and makes for a much more satisfying and rewarding career in the law.
    T. Andrew Brown, Esq.
    Rochester, NY - NYSBA member since 1985

    Glenn G. Fox, Esq., NYSBA Member Since 1991

    NYSBA provides a forum to share ideas with attorneys in my area of practice, and to learn from them. NYSBA also allows me to meet attorneys outside of my practice, who turn to me for assistance with their clients from time to time.  
    Glenn G. Fox, Esq.
    New York, NY - NYSBA member since 1991

    Jennifer N. Graham Esq., NYSBA Member Since 2012
    I became a NYSBA member when I was living in Alabama.  As a non-resident, I kept up to date on NY law through the NYSBA non-resident listserve and NYSBA publications. Upon relocation, I made an effort to get involved with NYSBA and I now serve as a Young Lawyer Liaison to the EASL section and as Young Lawyer Representative for Brooklyn (District 2). My involvement has afforded me the opportunity to network and learn from experts in my field of interest.
    Jennifer N. Graham, Esq.
    Brooklyn, NY - NYSBA member since 2012

    Richard M. Gutierrez, Esq., NYSBA Member Since 1983As a solo practitioner, being a member of the NYSBA gives me the invaluable opportunity to interact with lawyers throughout the state, who practice in the same areas of law that I do. Membership also gives me access to a myriad of benefits. I can go online to the Association web site and perform legal research or read articles of importance in my areas of practice. By using my cell phone, I can also obtain current legal decisions from most of the courts in the state of New York and stay abreast of changes in the law, on a daily basis as my schedule allows.  
    Richard M. Gutierrez, Esq.
    Forest Hills, NY - NYSBA member since 1983

    Anna Kordas, NYSBA Law Student Member Since 2012
    My NYSBA law student membership has opened up great networking opportunities for me. I’m making connections with top attorneys I might otherwise not have met.
    Anna Kordas
    Brooklyn, NY - NYSBA law student member since 2012

    Zachary J. Abella, Esq., NYSBA Member Since 2009
    I joined NYSBA as an LL.M student, not knowing many lawyers in New York State. NYSBA connected me to a community of wonderful mentors and practitioners statewide, and for that I will always be grateful. NYSBA members are passionate about providing guidance and assistance to fellow attorneys, as well as improving the justice system for the benefit of everyone in New York.
    Zachary J. Abella, Esq.
    New York, NY - NYSBA member since 2009