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NYS Bar Association Launches Task Force on the State of Rural Law Practice


On July 2, 2019, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President Hank Greenberg announced the establishment of a task force that will examine the state of rural law practice in New York State. Ninety-seven percent of all New York lawyers work and live in urban and suburban areas, causing a dearth of legal services in rural areas.  The members of the Task Force on Rural Justice include rural practitioners, the judiciary, legal service organization leaders, and other invested stakeholders from across the state, and include Carter Conboy's Hon. Thomas E. Mercure, who is a retired Associate Justice of the New York State Appellate Division. To read the full announcement, click here and press coverage here

About Hon. Thomas E. Mercure

Hon. Thomas E. Mercureretired, is Of Counsel to Carter Conboy.  Justice Mercure focuses his practice on appellate advocacy, ethics, and complex civil litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution services, including mediation and arbitration.  Justice Mercure’s career on the bench began in 1981 following his election as Washington County Judge. His tenure as a jurist continued for the next 33 years, during which time he was elected to three terms on the state Supreme Court, was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and served as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District, overseeing courts, judges and court system employees in seven counties. In March, 2014, Justice Mercure retired from the bench after serving for more than 25 years as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, during which time he heard more than 21,000 appeals, wrote more than 3,000 signed opinions, and became the longest serving Justice in the 118-year history of the court. Justice Mercure served as Acting Presiding Justice in 2011 and 2012. Justice Mercure sat on the New York State Court of Appeals, by designation, twice in 1994 and 2011 for two cases, including one related to the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. He was nominated and determined to be well qualified for a seat on the high court three times by the Commission on Judicial Nomination in 2006-2007 – twice for Associate Judge and once for Chief Judge of the State of New York.  Justice Mercure can be reached at and (518) 465-3484.

About Carter Conboy

Named a 'Best Law Firm' by U.S. News & World Report, Carter Conboy delivers a deep bench and a diversified practice to a legacy that spans nearly a century.  Carter Conboy is a full-service law firm providing a broad range of legal services to businesses, corporations, government, professionals, and individuals in 20 industries and 40 specialized service areas.  For more information about the firm and our legal services, visit

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