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About Us

The Legislative Affairs Department coordinates the City Bar's legislative activity and advocacy.  Our committees participate in shaping public policy by commenting on pending legislation, drafting proposed legislation, testifying at hearings and making lobby visits. It is our job to facilitate these activities and ensure that the City Bar’s legislative positions are communicated to the key players at the most impactful times. 

In partnership with committee members, we:

  • work with committees on completing legislative reports and deciding on strategy and timing of distribution;
  • assist in communicating our legislative positions to policymakers;
  • track legislative developments and provide updates as requested;
  • arrange and conduct meetings and lobby visits with key legislators, staffers and agency officials; and
  • work with committees to seek sponsors and advocate for legislation they’ve proposed.


Our website, in addition to featuring all of our city and state legislative reports and related bill information, has a number of helpful resources.  Our “Frequently Asked Questions” section provides a “nuts and bolts” look at how we partner with committees to advance the City Bar’s legislative goals.  If you’re interested in learning more about the legislative process, check out our chart on how a bill becomes a law and our glossary of frequently used phrases.  We also have guides for getting the most out of your committee experience, such as “Committee Member Best Practices”, “Lobbying for Passage of a Bill: Some Basics”, and “Your Committee Issued a Legislative Report... Now What?”.

Members interested in getting involved in legislative advocacy work should feel free to contact our office to discuss your committee’s interests and goals.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates on the City Bar’s policy work.

If you are not a member of one of our committees and are interested in getting involved, please visit the “Committees” section of our website, which features information on all of our committees and how you can join. 

Feel free to contact us at legislation@nycbar.org or at the information below with questions about our work.

 

Staff Contacts

Maria Cilenti
Legislative Affairs Director
212.382.6655 
Email Maria

Elizabeth Kocienda
Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs
212.382.4788
Email Elizabeth