New York State Bar Association

Organization's name: New York State Bar Association
Organization's acronym: NYSBA
Headquarters address  
Address: One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207

United States of America
Phone: 518-463-3200
Fax: 518-463-8527
Web site:
Organization type: Association
  • English


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • International Law

Public Administration:
  • Governance and Public Administration
Geographic scope: National
Country of activity:
  • United States of America
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1876
Year of registration (YYYY): 1877
Organizational structure: The Association is comprised of over 77,000 members in all states of the United States as well as numerous other countries. The Association is governed by a House of Delegates, the members of which serve as the trustees of the Association; there are currently 299 members of the House, representing the officers of the Association, elected delegates, past presidents, section delegates, and delegates from county and local bar associations. There is also an Executive Committee comprised of the officers of the Association, members-at-large, and the immediate past president. The Executive Committee is charged with managing the business, affairs and activities of the Association. The Association has 25 Sections, which are based on members' common interests in substantive areas of law. The sections range in size from 500 to over 5,000. In particular, the International Section is comprised of over 2200 members, with 50 chapters throughout the world. Complete information about the International Section is available online at Additional information about the history and governance of the Association may be found online at
Number and type of members: 77,000 total members, consisting of "active" members, who are members of the legal profession in good standing admitted to practice in the State of New York; "non-resident" members, who are non-residents of the State of New York who are members of the legal profession in good standing in any other state or country; and "law student" members, who are law students in good standing in any law school in the State of New York or, if a resident of New York, in any law school outside of the State.
Funding structure:
  • Membership fees or dues
  • Fees for education and training services
  • Product sales and business services

Additional Information

Public Administration and Development Management

Involvement in Public Administration: The Association's Governmental Relations Office (GRO) serves as the "eyes and ears" of the Association in the State Capitol. NYSBA does not have a political action committee (PAC) and does not make political contributions. The status of important bills and regulations is communicated regularly to relevant Association entities with an interest in a particular piece of legislation. The GRO also conveys the views of the Association on a broad range of issues to numerous federal agencies as well as New York's Congressional delegation. The Association's Sections and Committees often prepare legislation for submission at both the State and Federal level. The International Section, in particular, has established the following goals: (1) Custodian of New York Law as an International Standard, (2) Guardian of the New York Convention on the Enforcement and Recognition of Arbitral Awards and the international arbitral process and (3) Monitor of International Law Development at the United Nations.
Publications: New York State Bar Journal: Published nine times per year and is the flagship publication of the Association. State Bar News: Published six times per year to inform members of Association activities and issues of interest to the legal profession. Most sections produce publications that vary in number and frequency. A complete list of section publications may be found online at The International Section, in particular, publishes the New York International Chapter News, which reports on current issues and updates on international law, country news, member news, firm news and Section activities; the International Law Practicum, whcih features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practical needs of attorneys in an international setting, emphasizing clinical matters as opposed to academic, exploring the application of international law for the generalist rather than theoretical discussions for the expert, published twice per year; and the New York International Law Review, which features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of international law on such topics as NAFTA, terrorist financing restrictions, the collection of money judgments outside the U.S., foreign direct investments, and trade agreements, and is published twice per year. Additional publications of the Association are listed online at