In an Albany ceremony, attorney Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg — who is already promoting several initiatives — took the oath as president of the New York State Bar Association on Thursday evening.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore administered the oath at the association’s Bar Center on Elk Street. Greenberg, the association’s 122nd leader, was joined by his wife Hope Engel.
Greenberg also said the bar association will take “unprecedented steps” to diversify leadership, as all 59 NYSBA committees, task forces and working groups will be chaired, co-chaired or vice-chaired by women, people of color or others who represent diversity. In a statement he said it is “a moral imperative that our profession better reflects the diversity exemplified by our clients,” and also announced that NYSBA will implement an association-wide diversity and inclusion plan in the coming year.
In the coming days and weeks, Greenberg will unveil more efforts focused on a range of legal subjects and public policy issues that merit examination and recommendations for reform.
Greenberg is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and concentrates his practice on civil litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and regulatory and administrative law. He is a former counsel to then-Attorney General and now governor Andrew M. Cuomo; general counsel for the state Department of Health, and a federal prosecutor. He also served as a law clerk to then-Associate Judge (later Chief Judge) Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.
Formed in 1876, the New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.