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groups, he added, sharing a little-known
fact that he was extremely shy as a child.
CBA Role
Those effective speaking skills will
likely come in very handy in Reiss’ posi-
tion as CBA president. In fact, Reiss has
already been talking with CBA members
at various CBA events and lunches about
issues that are important to them and the
value of CBA membership.
“When I joined the CBA back in
1994, I joined for networking opportuni-
ties and to get involved and to give back
to the profession. As lawyers, we are
fortunate to be in the profession that we
are in, and we should be willing to give
back to it,” he said. “I’ve always person-
ally made it a point to try to do that.”
Active at Syracuse University College
of Law in activities such as moot court
and student senate, Reiss earned an
award in his final year for most out-
standing contribution to the law school.
Professionally, his involvement in the
CBA has included longtime service on
the board-level Administration and Fi-
nance Committee and a three-year term
as treasurer. He has also been a member
of the Estate Planning and Tax commit-
tees since joining the CBA back in 1994.
“The CBA is a great organization to
belong to, and it’s really important to
help young lawyers understand the value
of CBA membership,” said Reiss. “In
my role as president, I want to talk with
young lawyers and ask them, ‘If you are
a member, why are you involved? And if
you are not a member, why not?’ It is so
critical to help lawyers see the value of
that involvement.”
One issue Reiss believes the CBA
should examine — one that current ABA
President/Cincinnati lawyer Bill Robin-
son and incoming OSBA President/past
CBA President Judge Pat Fischer are also
exploring — is “the overpopulation of
the legal profession, particularly in the
current economy where job prospects in
the legal field are slim.” Explained Reiss:
“Maybe we can help shed some light on
this issue and figure out if there is some-
thing we should be doing.”
Reiss is grateful for the opportunity
he had to attend law school and to have
become the first college graduate, and
only lawyer, in his family. He is excited
about serving as Bar president for the
next 12 months, and is proud to be a
part of this time-honored profession.
He recalled a brief speech he heard at
his New York Bar admission ceremony
in Albany back in 1983, words of which
still resonate today. “Someone got up
and talked about how we should feel for-
tunate that we are joining a profession
where once you get your ‘ticket’ —that
is, your license to practice law — you get
to ride for as long as you want as long as
you do the right thing. That statement is
one that has always stuck with me. You
know, as lawyers, we’re really very lucky
that we get to do that.”
Branch is the interim director of communications for
the CBA.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012 • 5 – 7 p.m.
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As lawyers, we are fortunate to be in the
profession that we are in, and we should be
willing to give back to it.
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