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New York City Bar Association Announces Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession


Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman
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New York City Bar Association Announces Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession

(Updated to include new members)

New York, July 16, 2012 – The Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorneys; New York City’s Corporation Counsel; Deans and leaders of Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, CUNY and Cardozo Law Schools; law firm leaders from Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher, Skadden Arps and Freshfields; the chief in-house counsel from BNY Mellon, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Xerox and Con Ed; and the heads of The Legal Aid Society and Legal Services of New York are among those convening at the New York City Bar Association to address what City Bar President Carey Dunne has described as the “plight of young lawyers.”     

Noting that recent ABA statistics show that only 55% of recent law graduates found full-time legal employment and that clients increasingly are unwilling to have new lawyers staffed on their matters, Dunne said, “Too many law graduates face diminished opportunities to launch their careers and fear they will never get on track. Even those who are employed are justifiably worried about their longer-term prospects for a productive and satisfying career in the law. Whether these recent changes are temporary or reflect a more fundamental shift in the structure and operation of the legal profession, the time has come for the leaders of our profession to respond.”

The New York City Bar Association’s “Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession” will be led by City Bar Vice President Mark Morril, who said, “The group we have assembled has the depth and breadth of experience necessary to assess the problem and the leadership position to be heard on significant recommendations for change if they are warranted.”

Members of the task force, which will convene in September and plans to issue a report next summer, are listed below. The group also expects to add several law students or new lawyers to its ranks.

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

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association (, since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.