New York State Bar Association Announces Empire State Counsel Program

  • 7/6/2006
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  • Source: New York > Rochester / Finger Lakes

The New York State Bar Association has created a new program to give special recognition to members who provide 50 hours of free legal services to help the poor in a calendar year, starting in 2006. Members who report such voluntary service will be given the honorific title Empire State Counsel. They may use the title on business cards, letterheads, Web sites, and similar promotional material. They will receive a letter from the President, a certificate suitable for framing, and a ribbon that can be worn at Association meetings. In addition, their names will be listed in the State Bar News, on the Association Web site, and in press releases. Letters will also be sent to the Chairs of Sections and Committee alerting them to members who have been named Empire State Counsel.

Many lawyers render such services without any desire for attention or acclaim. However, the NYSBA encourages all members who are eligible for the Empire State Counsel designation to report their service. Lawyers who do the public good should be honored. Moreover, bringing attention to them can inspire others to provide similar service and elevate the image of the profession.