2014 Annual meeting program

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Afternoon Educational Program | 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Supreme Court Update

This session will look back at the 2012-2013 term, the Justices, highlight the biggest decisions of the term and look ahead to the upcoming 2013-2014 term.
Speaker: William D. Araiza, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

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2014 Award for Excellence in Public Service Reception

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hilton New York, Sutton South and Center, 2nd Floor

2014 Honoree
Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo

This Award Reception is a FREE event, and is open to all NYSBA members, friends and colleagues.
RSVP by January 17, 2014 to: or call 518-487-5571.

Information & resources for government attorneys

A Message from the Chair - 
I am honored to serve as Chair of the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service (CAPS) as we continue to promote public sector attorneys by providing a network system for them to further their common interests and highlighting their exceptional work.

The Committee has been working on a number of initiatives and programs that will interest public service attorneys for 2013.  In January our annual meeting program began in the morning with a panel of distinguished constitutional law professors from Brooklyn Law School who summarized the biggest decisions of the 2011- 2012 United States Supreme Court term.  The afternoon panel on Social Media and Legal Ethics explored the most common uses of social media by lawyers in both the private and public sector and examined the legal and ethical issues that are implicated by those uses.  The day was capped by a well-received reception honoring the 2013 Award for Excellence in Public Service recipients: former New York State Court of Appeals Justice Carmen Ciparic, Hon. Judy Harris Kluger and Deborah Liebman, Deputy Counsel for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.  

On May 16, we co-sponsored with the Albany County Bar Association’s Attorneys in the Public Service Committee an informal meet and greet social event at Provence Restaurant in Albany.  Special guest, Third Department Presiding Justice Karen K. Peters, delivered uplifting remarks about bar association service and how public sector attorneys are a much needed voice within the membership.

The 2013 Citation Awards for Special Achievement in Public Service which will be presented in Albany in October 2013.  

Please join CAPS at one or more of our events and meet other public sector attorneys and other members of the bar represented in NYSBA Committees and Sections.

For more information, please contact

Catherine A. Christian

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CAPS Mission

The purpose of this committee shall be to bring together government and public sector lawyers (hereinafter "public service attorneys") to further their common interests and the public welfare. To this end, the Committee, alone or in cooperation with Sections and other Committees of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and such other bar associations or related organizations as may be appropriate from time to time, shall:

  1. promote the highest standards of professional conduct and competence, fairness, social justice, diligence and civility;
  2. advocate for public service attorneys in their quest for excellence, fairness and justice in the performance of their duties;
  3. facilitate the contribution of public service attorneys as members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and NYSBA;
  4. serve as a network system for public service attorneys;
  5. provide continuing legal education and resources related to the practice of public service attorneys and enhance the relevance of all NYSBA-sponsored activities and services for public service attorneys;
  6. serve as a liaison to NYSBA Committees, Sections, law schools, other bar associations and related organizations;
  7. encourage law schools and faculties in New York to develop and offer courses, seminars and publications regarding government practice and public service;
  8. promote research of interest to public service attorneys and formulate such reports as may be deemed useful to the profession and advisable to the public interest;
  9. undertake all such other activities as may be authorized from time to time by the Committee for the purpose of accomplishing the foregoing.

Adopted 2/99

Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Judges

At the House of Delegates meeting on April 4, 2009, the New York State Bar Association approved a report by the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service, Subcommittee on Administrative Law Judiciary, calling for a Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Law Judges.  This Model Code is designed to provide guidance to administrative law judges, and if approved by disciplinary agencies, to provide a structure for regulating conduct.

Click here for the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service resolution

Click here for the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Law Judges

Student Loan Assistance Information

Steven C. Krane Special Committee on Student Loan Assistance for the Public Interest

State Bar Association Offers Grants to Help Public Service Lawyers Repay Law School Loans