The New York Bar Association is a voluntary state bar association, It even holds the title of the oldest and the largest organization of its type across the nation. Over 75,000 lawyers from every town in New York educate and inform the public and members of the profession about law and the evolving needs of society. This group adopted their constitution in 1887, which clearly lays out the objectives of the Association. The NYSBA aims to, “cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reform in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the legal profession.”
NYSBA contains a section dedicated to Municipal Law. This aspect of the website provides exclusive access to articles and case reviews to members and visitors who join. The purpose of this section is, “to serve, educate and provide a common meeting ground and impartial forum for those attorneys engaged in dealing in any capacity with issues in municipal law.” Membership benefits also include receiving the latest developments in municipal law and practice. This comes in the form of the Municipal Lawyer newsletter or by getting involved in a committee.
The structure of the New York Bar Association consists of a House of Delegates, an Executive Committee, a series of Sections, Committees, and various special groups. The office is headquartered in Albany, New York and operated with an administrative staff and a dedicated Governmental Relations Office. To find more information about joining, visit the NYSBA website here.