Is NYSBA membership mandatory for practicing law in New York state? April 22, 2021 17:55 No, NYSBA is a voluntary membership association and has no bearing on your ability to practice law in New York. Related articles Who can join NYSBA? Can the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) verify whether or not an attorney is a member of the New York Bar in good standing? As a licensed attorney, how often do I have to pay my NYSBA Membership dues versus my licensing fees? Does NYSBA offer member benefits? How do I file a complaint against an attorney?