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Learn more about legal organizations in the state of New York including the New York State Bar Association, the New York Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the New York Association for Justice.

According to the ABA 2019 National Lawyer Population Survey, New York is the state with the highest number of resident active attorneys. The survey showed the New York had 182,296 active lawyers living in the state.


New York State Bar Association

www.nysba.org 

Founded in 1877, the New York State Bar Association has grown to be the largest voluntary state bar association in the United States. The NYSBA strives to simplify and update court procedures, raise judicial standards, establish standards of integrity in the profession as well as systems to uphold them, advocate pro bono legal services to the less fortunate, and continually educate its members, the public, and public education systems on the law. Because the NYSBA is not the official New York Bar, it is not responsible for attorney licenses or registration.


Specialty Bar Associations in New York

The largest statewide professional associations for attorneys in New York focused on a specialty area of the law are listed below.


New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

www.nysacdl.org

The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) was formed in 1986 by a group of New York defense attorneys. The NYSACDL is a statewide organization for both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders. The NYSACDL is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in New York belong to this trusted organization.


New York State Trial Lawyer Association

www.nystla.org

The New York State Trial Lawyer Association (NYSTLA) began more than 60 years ago. In 1953, the organization was named the New York Association of Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers. Today, the organization for civil trial lawyers has grown into a 4,600-member professional association. Many of the top personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice attorneys in New York belong to the NYSTLA.


New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

https://trialacademy.org

Members of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (also known as the "NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers") include plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, government employees, law professors, law clerks, law secretaries, paralegals, and law students. 


New York State Defenders Association

https://www.nysda.org/

For public defenders representing indigent people charged with a crime, the New York State Defenders Association provides support. Since 1967, the NYS Defenders Association is a non-profit membership organization with a mission of improving the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people.


Other Bar Associations in New York State

The other local associations based on a locality include:

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Bronx Bar Association
  • Cortland County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New Rochelle Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Ontario County Bar Association
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • Rockland County Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

Local associations based on ethnicity, nationality or minority status include:

  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Dominican Bar Association
  • Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Law Association of Greater N.Y.
  • Women's Bar Association of New York

This article was last updated on Friday, January 31, 2020.

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