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Active Membership:

Any member of the Bar of the State of New York who resides in or maintains an office in Suffolk County, including any person who holds judicial office, may become an Active Member.


Associate Membership:

Any member of the Bar of the State of New York who neither resides in nor maintains an office in Suffolk County, and any member of the Bar of any other State, Territory, or District of Columbia may become an Associate Member.


Student Membership:

Any individual regularly enrolled, and in good standing, in a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or, who clerking is clerking pursuant to § 22NYCRR520.4, or is awaiting bar examination results or admission to the bar may become a Student Member.


Retired Membership:

Any member of the Bar of the State of New York who has certified pursuant to §468a, of the Judiciary Law that he or she has retired from the practice of law, may become a Retired Member, [but a full-time judge or justice of the Unified Court System of the State of New York, or of acourt of any other state or of a Federal court, shall not be eligible to become a Retired Member].


Honorary Membership:

Any person of distinction in the legal profession may be elected an Honorary Member by a vote of two thirds of the whole number of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, by a vote of at least two thirds of its may, at any time, terminate an Honorary Membership.


Sustaining Membership:

Sustaining membership is available to any member of any of the above membership catagories whom are willing, for the support of the general wortk of the Association, to pay such amount (as determined by the Board of Directors) in addition to their dues for their particular class. A member who elects to become a Sustaining Member in any year shall not be obiligated to continue such membership in any subsequent year. Sustaining members shall have the same rights and privileges as pertain to the class of which they are a member.


Dues Information


Membership Dues

Membership Category

Years admitted as of June 1st¹



1 year or less



Over 1-5 Years



Over 5-10 Years



Over 10 Years



1 Year or less



 Over 1-5 Years



Over 5 Years








Honorary Membership


There are no dues, but a $50.00 administrative fee is required.

Sustaining Membership


Add $150.00 to your annual dues or administrative fee

¹ Calculations of your dues is predicated on your admission status as of June 1st, which is the commencement of the Association's fiscal year.

² A copy of your registration & retirement acknowledgment receipt from the Office of Court Administration must be forwarded by facsimile to complete your application.


Dues are Prorated on a quarterly basis for new applicants as follows:

Prorating Chart

Application submitted between ÷

9/1 - 11/30 (75%)

12/1 - 2/28 (50%)

EARLY BIRD 3/1 - 5/31 (FREE)


N/A - no charge

N/A - no charge


1 year or less




Over 1-5 Years




Over 5-10 Years




Over 10 Years




Effective June 1, 2014 Student membership is free upon proper application meing made.


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