The Association's Advocacy Efforts with Respect to Federal Budget Sequestration

  • Read the 2014 September/October State Bar News story on the subject here.

  • Read the 2014 January/February State Bar News story on this subject here.  
  • On July 23, 2013, United States Senator Christopher Coons held a hearing on the subject of the impact of sequestration on the federal Judiciary.  Read President Dave Schraver's letter to Senator Coons, in support of adequate funding for the federal court system here

  • On November 28, 2012, President Seymour James and President-Elect David Schraver, along with Mark Alcott (past President and Chair of the New York delegation to the ABA), Alan Rothstein, Sandra Rivera, and Tracee Davis (members of the Committee on Federal Legislative Priorities) met with over twenty members of Congress to emphasize the importance of Congress acting to protect funding for the federal Judiciary and the Legal Services Corporation.   Follow this link to read the press release

  • On November 20, 2012, President Seymour James sent a letter co-signed by 15 local bar presidents from across the state again urging the New York Congressional delegation to protect funding for the courts and the Legal Services Corporation. 

  • In addition to President James' op-ed in the New York Law Journal, he sent an October 9, 2012 letter to the New York Congressional delegation urging them to protect funding for the courts and the Legal Services Corporation.  The Association's Committee on Federal Legislative Priorities, led by President James and President-Elect Schraver is also planning a late fall trip to Washington, D.C. to urge positive action on these issues.   

  • Read President James' op-ed urging congress to act to protect funding for federal courts and civil legal services through the Legal Services Corporation, which was published in the New York Law Journal on September 26, 2012.