Education Is Focus of Bar Association's 2014 Meeting

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New York Hilton Midtown, where the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting will be held Jan. 27-31.
New York Hilton Midtown, where the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting will be held Jan. 27-31.

Schraver said the current state of legal education and the future of the legal profession are "complicated."

"I think both parts are related. You can't talk about one without talking about the other," he said.

Silkenat, of Sullivan & Worcester in Manhattan, will moderate the discussion on legal education, which has been a special interest of his as ABA president.

Schraver said he and Silkenat have worked closely on common issues such as improving law schools, reducing gun violence and meeting unmet legal needs of the poor since both became presidents-elect of their respective organizations.

On Friday, the state bar's House of Delegates will be presented with the unusual situation of having a choice when it votes on its president-elect who will be in line to become president of the 77,000-member organization on June 1, 2014.

Association secretary David Miranda, an attorney with Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti in Albany, is the choice of the association's nominating committee.

However, attorney Thomas Liotti of Garden City has collected petitions with the signatures of more than 50 state bar members to have his name put before the delegates.

See the candidates' statements to members.

Schraver, Liotti and others said it will be the first time a member has contested the election for one of the top positions.

Liotti is a one-time member of the House of Delegates who is past president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has also been a justice in Westbury Village Court for more than 20 years.

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