Israel Bar Association hails influence afforded by new deal with New York State Bar

The Times of Israel

Yonit Calmanovich, head of IBA’s international department, says spots on key New York bar association committees will allow for input on issues of antisemitism, international law

The Israel Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association recently signed an agreement designed to strengthen cooperation on combating hate crimes and upholding judicial independence, which the IBA says will give Israeli lawyers the ability to influence key issues of law that affect Israel and the Jewish community in the US.

The agreement will allow Israeli attorneys to join the NYSBA for a reduced fee, which will include membership in the association’s professional committees, something that will afford the Israeli members the ability to give their input on matters such as antisemitism, human rights, international law and other concerns.

Since these committees have the ability to submit position papers to the US Congress, this will also give Israeli attorneys the ability to weigh in on such matters at a national level, said Yonit Calmanovich, head of the IBA’s international department, who was the driving force behind the delegation.

The Committee on Civil Rights, the Labor Committee where issues regarding discrimination against Jews and Israeli nationals may arise, the Education Committee, as well as several panels in the association’s International Section such as the Human Rights Committee and Public International Law Committee are all forums where the participation of Israeli attorneys could have a real impact, Calmanovich added.