2008 NYSBA Solo and Small Firm Survey

Bernice K. Leber, the President of the New York State Bar Association, has formed a Special Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practice. The Committee’s charge is to make a comprehensive study of particular issues and challenges which confront solo and small firms practices, and to recommend ways in which the bar associations, the Courts, and other entities may assist them in meeting those challenges and in achieving successful practices and balanced lives.

I am asking that you take a few moments to complete this brief survey to help us find ways to help you and other solo and small firm practitioners. Complete the survey online by December 5, 2008 and enter your name for a prize drawing* for a free CLE program (live or recorded) presented by the Law Practice Management (LPM) Committee.

2008 NYSBA Solo and Small Firm Survey

Robert Ostertag, 
Chair, Special Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practice

* Members who complete the survey online by December 5, 2008 and enter their contact information in the prize drawing question will be automatically entered into a drawing for a free LPM sponsored CLE program. Three winners will be selected randomly.

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s final State of the Judiciary speech


(NY Times (James Barron): State’s Top Judge, Now 70, Gives Her Farewell Speech)

After delivering what she called her “swan song,” an hourlong speech on Wednesday in which she said her role as “chief plaintiff” in a lawsuit over judicial pay “sickens me,” the state’s chief judge said she had not endorsed anyone as her successor. “I’m waiting to see the list” of seven potential candidates recommended by a state commission, the chief judge, Judith S. Kaye, said after her speech on the state of the state judiciary. The panel will forward the names to Gov. David A. Paterson next month, and he is expected to nominate a new chief judge in January. Judge Kaye also said that if the governor called and asked for her thoughts, “I would hand him my state of the judiciary and tell him to read it carefully.” Judge Kaye, who was the first woman to become chief judge when she was elevated in 1993 and is now the longest-serving chief judge in the state’s history, will step down at the end of the year, having reached 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges. She had been an associate judge on the Court of Appeals for 10 years when Gov. Mario M. Cuomo promoted her to chief judge.


Webcast Available to View Online

Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s final State of the Judiciary speech will be available over the Internet at http://live.nycourts.gov/sojwebcast.asx.

The chief judge, who is stepping down Dec. 31 because of the courts’ mandatory retirement age of 70, is speaking today at 1 p.m. at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, 566 Laguardia Place, in Manhattan.

It is the first State of the Judiciary address Chief Judge Kaye has given outside of Albany in her 15 years as chief judge.