Stephen Younger '82, a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP, recently took office as the 113
th President of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
With his appointment effective June 1, Younger said that he would appoint a task force to explore the major shifts that have taken place in the legal profession, including how to better train young lawyers; how to attract the best and brightest while maintaining work/life balance; how billing practices can be improved; and how technology is likely to change the law office of the future.
Younger also said that he has asked outgoing President Michael Getnick to spearhead a program through which law students would be matched up with sections of the Bar Association, providing the law students with substantive experience in research and writing, and the opportunity to form relationships with leaders in the legal profession.
As part of this effort, Younger said he also would reach out to law school deans around the state and begin a conversation about the future of legal education. "Law schools also need to evolve," he said, "and we need to help them develop programs and curricula that will prepare young people to be future lawyers."
A trustee of Albany Law School, and past president of the law school's National Alumni Council, he is a frequent lecturer and author in the fields of securities litigation, commercial arbitration and international dispute resolution.
As a commercial litigator at Patterson Belknap, a prominent New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985, he has tried many cases in federal and state court and before arbitration panels. He also frequently argues appeals, particularly in the appellate courts of New York. Based on his significant alternative dispute resolution experience, he is often called on to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in high-stakes matters.
Younger serves as a mediator for the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Chair of the Executive Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; and Trustee of the Historical Society of the New York State Courts. He is a member of the Congress of Fellows for the Center for International Legal Studies and the Advisory Committee of the Center for Financial Market Regulations.
Younger has been an active member of the NYSBA for 27 years. He is a fellow of The New York Bar Foundation and an active member of the Association's Committee on Membership, having chaired its recent Membership Challenge. He is Counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, as well as a member of both the First Department Judicial Screening Committee and the Advisory Committee to the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Younger graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Albany Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the
Albany Law Review.