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.

Glenn Lau-Kee of Kee & Lau-Kee in Manhattan will be unopposed for election as the group's next president.

Schraver said the House of Delegates will also be asked to adopt one or more resolutions, depending on actions beforehand by the executive committee, on the Unified Court System's insistence on the mandatory disclosure of the time and money lawyers contribute to pro bono.

The court system has started collecting information on attorney registrants pro bono activities but has agreed to delay providing public access to information (NYLJ, Sept. 13, 2013), but Schraver said that is still contrary to the long-standing position of the state bar against both mandatory pro bono and required disclosure.

Also on Friday, the House of Delegates will be asked to approve a resolution endorsing the results of a report prepared by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee, which argues that the time spent on civics education in New York schools has "dramatically declined" and must be increased (See also a letter to the governor on civics education).

The resolution also calls upon lawyers to become leaders in their communities to encourage civics education.

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