Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession

In July 2012, New York City Bar Association President Carey R. Dunne announced the formation of a task force to address the challenges facing law school graduates and young lawyers in a difficult market, and to examine how law schools and law firms can best develop new lawyers and adapt to the changing needs of employers and clients in the global economy.

Mark Morril, a City Bar Vice President and the Deputy General Counsel of Viacom Inc., is Chair of the task force, which also includes leaders of law schools, firms, corporations, government agencies, legal services organizations, and career services and recruiting professionals. The task force will work and meet throughout the year and plans to issue a report with recommendations next summer.

The task force welcomes comments from the public. Please send your comment to NewLawyersTaskForce@nycbar.org

Task Force Members

New York City Bar Association

Carey R. Dunne– President; Partner, Member of Management Committee, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


Mark Morril– Vice President, New York City Bar Association; Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Viacom Inc.

Law School Deans and Leaders

Nicholas Allard - Dean, Brooklyn Law School
Michelle J. Anderson – Dean, CUNY School of Law
Anthony Crowell - Dean, New York Law School
Matthew Diller – Dean, Cardozo Law School
Richard Revesz – Dean, NYU School of Law
Patricia Salkin – Dean & Professor of Law Designate, Touro Law Center
David Schizer – Dean, Columbia Law School
William Treanor – Dean, Georgetown Law School
David B. Wilkins– Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

Government Attorneys

Michael Cardozo – Corporation Counsel of the City of New York
Charles J. Hynes – District Attorney of Kings County
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. – District Attorney of New York County

Large Law Firm Leaders

Richard I. Beattie – Chairman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Bradley Butwin –Chair, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Eric J. Friedman – Executive Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Brad S. Karp – Chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Julian Pritchard – U.S. Managing Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Kathleen M. Sullivan– Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Solo, Small and Medium Sized Law Firms

Laurie Berke-Weiss – Partner, Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP
Andrew G. Celli, Jr. – Founding Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP
Carmelyn P. Malalis – Partner, Outten & Golden LLP
Alla Roytberg – Founder, Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.
Eric Seiler – Partner, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
Charles A. Stillman– Founding Member, Stillman & Friedman, P.C.

Legal Services Organizations

Steven Banks – Attorney-in-Chief, The Legal Aid Society
Raun J. Rasmussen– Executive Director, Legal Services NYC

Chief In-House Counsel

Eric Grossman – Chief Legal Officer, Morgan Stanley
Don H. Liu – General Counsel, Xerox
Elizabeth D. Moore – General Counsel, Consolidated Edison, Inc.
Amy W. Schulman – General Counsel, Pfizer Inc.
Jane C. Sherburne – General Counsel, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Wanji J. Walcott– Managing Counsel, American Express Company

Career Services and Recruiting Professionals

Camille Chin-Kee-Fatt – Director of Career Services, Brooklyn Law School
Sharon Crane – Director of Legal Recruiting, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP