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About Us 2018-04-13T13:18:48+00:00

The Tompkins County Bar Association (TCBA) was incorporated in 1912 when a group of lawyers met to promote “the science of jurisprudence, the administration of justice, and to maintain the integrity, honor, courtesy and dignity of the profession of law.”

Democratic in concept and operation, our association operates under traditional parliamentary procedure, with officers and directors elected by a majority vote of the membership. Policy decisions are made by the Board of Directors. Special committees are set up within the organizational framework to conduct research into essential fields of activity and to study pending legislation. The committees include, but are not limited to, Mentoring, Social, Membership, Legislative, Professional practices, Grievances, Judiciary, Auditing, Memorial and Continuing Education. A constitution and by-laws are continually being reviewed by the members of the Association. Originally, the Bar Association had the power to deny membership and censor and punish lawyers who, after a full hearing, had been found to have conducted themselves in an unbecoming manner. The current authority to censor or punish lawyers is left to the New York State Office of Court Administration.

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Directors & Officers

President
Ciano Lama

Vice President
Carla McKain

Secretary
Emily Rockett

Treasurer
Hayden Brainard

Past President
Hayden Brainard

Luke Z. Fenchel

Mike Perehinec

Peter S. Walsh

Auditing
Richard Ruswick
CLE
Richard Ruswick
Grievance
Peter Grossman
Judiciary
Dirk Galbraith
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Richard M. Wallace
Legislative
Peter Grossman
Memorial
Brad Rudin
Mentoring
James A. Baker
Membership
Luke Fenchel
Nominating
David A. Dubow
Program
Board of Directors
Real Estate
Don Crittenden
Social
Ryan L. McCarthy
Website
Ciano Lama
Delegate Elect to the NYSBA
Peter Grossman
Alternate Delegate
Luke Z. Fenchel
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