The Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation are members of
the bench and bar who are recognized for outstanding professional achievement,
for dedication to the legal profession, and for commitment to the organized bar.
Each Fellow makes a commitment to financially support the
goals and objectives of The Foundation through charitable contributions.
Fellows also assist the Board in identifying potential grant projects and other
causes that may benefit from The Foundation’s assistance.
The following is The New York Bar Foundation’s definition of
- A Fellow understands that the law is a learned
occupation and is inescapably a public calling. A Fellow appreciates that the
combined professional effort of all lawyers nurtures and sustains the rule of
law and American democracy. A fellow strives to develop, uphold and maintain
these core values of the profession.
- A Fellow embraces lawyer independence, ethical
behavior, self-renewal, competence, responsibility, an appreciation for the
historical continuity and tradition of the profession, and respect for clients,
adversaries and the courts.
- A Fellow acknowledges that the practice of law is
a helping profession and that attorneys, as custodians of the legal system,
have enhanced obligations of service to the community, to the profession, and
to promote justice through the rule of law.
The Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation, established in 1974, have separate bylaws
and officers from The New York Bar Foundation. Per the bylaws, The Fellows
hold an annual meeting to elect the offices for the ensuing year and receive a
report of research and other activities of The Foundation.
Nomination to Be A
An individual is generally nominated to become a Fellow by a
Director on the Board of The Foundation or by a member of The Fellows and is
elected by the full Board. The number of Fellows is limited under The
Foundation Bylaws to one percent of the New York State Bar Association
membership in each of the state’s 13 judicial districts plus 100 at-large
members. Fellows of The New York Bar
Foundation are ambassadors; they exemplify the spirit of caring and sharing by
demonstrating their belief that the practice of law is a helping profession. Fellows are instrumental to the growth and
success of The New York Bar Foundation, and it is an honor to be nominated as
Each Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation is selected by the Board of Directors and is a lawyer who is recognized for: Outstanding professional achievement, Dedication to the legal profession, and Commitment to the organized bar. Every Fellow makes a financial commitment to The Foundation to support its grant making program which provides funding for law-related programs throughout the state of New York.
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James R. Barnes
Chair of The Fellows
Donald C. Doerr
Vice-chair of The Fellows
Vice-chair of The Fellows
District Chairs of The Fellows
The following Fellows serve as Chair or Co-Chair of The Fellows in the 13 Judicial Districts of the State of New York:
Sylvia Fung Chin, New York
Raymond J. Dowd, New York
Mark A. Longo, Brooklyn
Sarah E. Gold, Albany
Peter V. Coffey, Schenectady
Tara Anne Pleat, Clifton Park
Hon. Paul L. Wollman, Amsterdam
C. Doerr, Syracuse
Richard B. Long, Binghamton
C. Bruce Lawrence, Rochester
James C. Moore, Rochester
David M. Schraver, Rochester
Vincent E. Doyle III, Buffalo
Ilene Cooper, Uniondale
Gerard Fishberg, Garden City
David L. Cohen, Kew Gardens
Steven E. Millon, New York
Claire C.Miller, Staten Island