A Letter from the President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association

2015-02-17 16:37

To The Readers of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

You may have attended a NYCLA event or program organized by our vibrant and active Young Lawyers’ Section in the past. One might say that this group is the pulse of the organization, bringing members together to learn, socialize and network. Run by co-chairs Dan Wiig, counsel at Municipal Credit Union and adjunct law professor at St. John’s University School of Law, and Adam Roth, associate at Wingate Russotti Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, the group actively seeks to make NYCLA membership meaningful for those who belong to it.

Each year myriad events and programs are organized for members, targeting those admitted about 10 years or less. A variety of activities help members build their careers and shape their lives – including CLEs, small group meet and greets with judges, happy hours, networking events and recognition programs. Recent CLEs included “So You Want to Be a Judge” and “All About Debt” while members had the opportunity to meet with Hon. Jenny Rivera, associate judge, New York Court of Appeals at an “In Chambers” program. Nearly 500 connections were made at the group’s recent Speed Networking program, and members are in the process of submitting nominations for the group’s Young Lawyers Awards, which will be held this June honoring attorneys and law students who deserve recognition for their contributions to the legal profession.

Law students are also encouraged to join the group and attend programs like NYCLA’s annual Lunch with a Judge program held each June that offer real-world education for summer associates. Attendees witness real motions and arguments and experience face time with judges in intimate, small group settings. Other programs for law students include the annual Mentor Auction and the law student correspondent program through which representatives from area law schools host onsite events to give their colleagues and friends a glimpse into NYCLA.

Another initiative organized by the Young Lawyers’ Section is the exclusive peer-to-peer Resume Review Service, which is available only to NYCLA members and run by program co-founders and co-chairs Katherine Hwang, esq., Young Lawyers’ Section vice chair and assistant attorney general, New York State, and Mitch Huzar, esq., The Matays Law Group, P.C. Now in its third year, volunteers help members refine their resumes for particular practice areas and also help those seeking supervisory and lateral positions.

If you’re a NYCLA member admitted less than 10 years or a law student and not already a member of the Young Lawyers’ Section, I highly recommend that you join this energetic and resourceful group. Looking to build your resume/CV? Another reason to join – the group always looks to members to organize and moderate programs.

Log onto NYCLA.org with your member ID and password, then click on “Join a Committee” on the left navigation under “Members Only” and select the “Young Lawyers’ Section.” If you’re already a member, look out for emails from Dan and Adam about upcoming meetings and opportunities.

If you’re not already a NYCLA member, consider joining NYCLA and getting involved by visiting www.nycla.org/joinus.

I hope to see you at a future Young Lawyers’ Section program. Please email me at ltesser@tesserryan.com or tweet me @NYCLAPres and let me know how NYCLA can work for you.



Lew Tesser