Nassau County Bar Association Committees

Association members have the opportunity to participate in more than 50 working committees and a variety of programs which strive to confront the challenges and changing needs of the legal profession and the community at large. Young attorneys draw on the experience of their more established counterparts as our lawyers work together on a diversity of projects. Large law firms as well as single practitioners find value in membership.

Committee participation is included in your cost of membership. However, there may be a charge for committee attendance when food is served.

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Operational Committees

Members may join as many of these committees as they wish. There is no extra fee to join.

Association Membership — Develops strategies to increase membership as well as to expand member services and benefits.

By‑Laws — Periodically reviews and, from time to time, suggests changes in the current by‑laws of the NCBA, NCBA Fund, Assigned Counsel Defender Plan and Academy of Law.

Community Relations & Public Education — Provides speakers to schools, libraries and community organizations; conducts mock trial competition for high school students and promotes Law Day. Plans public education seminars on current topics.

Domus Open — Oversees the annual NCBA golf tournament and dinner.

House (”Domus”) — Oversees repairs and refurbishing of the NCBA headquarters.

Lawyer Referral Committee — Advises the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service; addresses policy questions regarding fees, law categories and membership. To join the LRIS panel, click here.

Access to Justice — NCBA, Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Assigned Counsel Defender Plan, Hofstra and Touro law schools and Nassau County government work together to provide information on free and reduced fee legal resources, coordinate legal services for the community and strengthen the core of volunteer attorneys through education and professional development.

Develops topics and solicits and edits the substantive legal articles for the monthly Nassau Lawyer.

Senior Attorneys — For all members 65 and older.

Technology and Practice Management — Technological advances essential to the economic operation of a law office and other management techniques.

New Lawyers — Structures events and activities of benefit and interest to the newer attorneys in the Bar Association, including social and professional activities. Establishes support network for new lawyers.

Professional Committees

Members may join as many of these committees as they wish. There is no extra fee to join.

Access To Justice – Develops innovative programs to provide free orreduced fee access to legal counsel, advice and information.

Adoption Law – Provides educational opportunities on issues that include domestic agency and private adoptions, international adoptions, foster care and step parent adoptions; and reviews and makes recommendations on proposed legislation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution — Reviews innovative trends and strategies regarding alternative dispute resolution, including the Association’s ADR Tribunal Program.

Animal Law – Addresses issues regarding the rights of animal owners, the animals themselves, and the pervasive nature of animal-related issues in litigation matters and virtually all areas of the law.

Appellate Practice — Addresses effective brief writing and oral arguments on appeal as well as developments in the law or court rules which may impact appellate practice.

Attorneys/Accountants — Promotes the exchange of information between attorneys and accountants to improve service to clients, the business community, and the public, and to establish a referral network between the professions.

Bankruptcy Law — Reviews recent decisions on bankruptcy law and their implications for attorneys who represent debtors or creditors.

Civil Rights Law — Explores issues related to the protection of the rights of minorities and the various Civil Rights Acts.

Commercial Litigation — Provides a forum for attorneys practicing commercial litigation, including interaction with Judges and support staff of Nassau County’s Commercial Part. Works with other related committees and the NCBA Officers and Directors on issues of corporate law affecting both litigated and non‑litigated matters.

Conciliation — Provides an alternative voluntary process through which fee disputes between clients and attorneys are mediated.

Condemnation Law & Tax Certiorari — Focuses on issues related to real property valuation and litigation.

Construction Law — Provides a forum for discussion of topics related to construction law.

Corporation, Banking & Securities Law — Addresses emerging issues in corporate law, banking law, and securities regulation and litigation, including statutory developments, court decisions, regulatory bodies, and ADR agencies, and provides an interdisciplinary forum for business attorneys.

Criminal Court Law & Procedure — Reviews legislation related to the field of criminal law and procedure, and discusses problems, questions and issues pertinent to attorneys practicing in this field.

Defendant’s Personal Injury — Discusses new developments and changes in the law which affect defendants’ lawyers and their clients.

District Court — Discusses issues arising from practice in District Court, and promotes dialogue between the bench and the bar with respect to issues of common concern.

Education Law — Discusses topics related to the legal aspects of school systems.

Elder Law, Social Services & Health Advocacy — Addresses legal issues related to health, mental hygiene and social services for the general public and special population groups, including the poor, the aged and the disabled.

Environmental Law — Establishes a forum for the exchange of information regarding substantive and procedural law in the burgeoning field of environmental matters.

Ethics — Responds to questions regarding the inquiring attorney’s behavior in the practice of law pursuant to the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, including advertising, conflicts of interest, confidential relationships, client funds, etc. Questions of law or matters in litigatin are not considered.

Family Court Law & Procedure — Addresses issues which relate to the practice of law in the Family Court.

Federal Courts — Monitors developments in Federal practice and interfaces with Federal judges and court personnel.

General/Solo/Small Firm Practice — Provides networking opportunities for general, solo and small firm practitioners, and explores ways to maximize efficient law practice management with limited resources. Encompasses a variety of areas of practice.

Hospital & Health Law — Considers legal issues impacting health care, hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, other providers and consumers.

Immigration Law — Discuss problem areas in immigration law.

Insurance Law — Reviews insurance claim procedures, insurance policies, substantive insurance law and related issues.

Intellectual Property Law — Provides a source of information to practicing attorneys whose interests relate to patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property matters.

Labor & Employment Law — Analyzes proposed Federal and State legislation, administrative regulations, and current judicial decisions, relating to employer‑employee relations, pension, health and other employee benefit plans, Social Security and other matters in the field of labor and employment law.

Matrimonial Law — Promotes the standards and improves the practice of matrimonial law.

Medical ‑ Legal — Reviews issues relating to medical malpractice.

Municipal Law — Reviews trends and developments concerning zoning and planning, elections, employee relations, open meetings law, and preparation and enforcement of ordinances and local laws.

Plaintiff’s Personal Injury — Discusses new developments and changes in the law which affect plaintiff’s lawyers and their clients.

Real Property Law — Considers current developments relating to the practice of real estate law.

Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law — Considers topics and factors specifically related to practice in the field of sports, entertainment, and media law.

Supreme Court — Provides a forum for dialogue among bar members and the Judiciary on topics related to Supreme Court practice.

Surrogate’s Court Estates and Trusts — Deals with estate planning, administration and litigation; reviews pending relevant New York State legislation; maintains an interchange of ideas with the Nassau County Surrogate and staff on matters of mutual interest.

Tax Law — Conducts meetings and programs relating to tax law.

Veterans and Military Law — Reviews legislation and regulations associated with military law and veterans’ affairs, in particular, the needs of Reservists and National Guard called to active duty.

Women in the Law — Examines current trends regarding women in the court system, and seeks to protect their rights to equal treatment.

Worker’s Compensation — Discusses current legislation related to Worker’s Compensation regulations and benefits.
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Other NCBA Working Groups

Membership on the following boards and committees is subject to approval.

Awards Committee – Nominates and reviews nominations for various NCBA awards throughout the year, including the Medallion of Honor.

Board of Directors – Sets the policy and direction for the Nassau County Bar Association. Officers and directors are elected each year by the membership.

Grievance Committee – Reviews and judges certain formal grievance cases.

Lawyer Assistance Committee – Sets the mission and policy of the confidential Lawyer Assistance Program, which assists attorneys who are struggling with substance abuse, addictions, stress, depression or other problems.

Judiciary Committee – Members screen candidates who are running for judicial office in Nassau County at the request of the Democratic and Republican parties. Each candidate’s qualifications and background are thoroughly examined, and personal interviews are conducted before the entire committee. Committee members have the option of rating each candidate as either “well qualified,” or “not approved at this time.”

Judicial Section – Any NCBA member who is currently elected/appointed to the Bench in a City, County, State or Federal Court is automatically assigned to this Section. Assignment cannot be requested.

Nassau Academy of Law Advisory Board – Sets policy and oversees the educational course offerings, CLE programs, and other educational activities.

WE CARE Fund Advisory Board – Sets the policy and direction for WE CARE fundraising activities and grant distributions to charitable causes.

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