October 14, 2015

Jenner & Block Partner Jeremy M. Creelan has been appointed to a task force that will study the wisdom of approving a New York State constitutional conventionin 2017 and the potential constitutional revisions that should be made.  Convened by the New York City Bar Association, the Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention will undertake an analysis similar to one done by the City Bar 20 years ago.  Every 20 years in New York, voters are asked whether a convention should be held.   In November 2017, New  York voters will see this question on the ballot:  “Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?”  If the voters approve such a convention, the delegates to the convention address whether and how New York’s Constitution should be amended.  In 1995, a similar task force examined the laws and procedures that governed the calling of a constitutional convention and made recommendations for change; undertook a review and analysis of the substantive provisions of the Constitution and identified areas for potential amendment; and debated whether, on balance, a conventionshould be convened. 

Mr. Creelan  is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices.  He re-joined Jenner & Block as a partner in 2014 after serving for three years in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, first as special counsel for public integrity and ethics reform and then as special counsel to the governor.  

To learn more about the task force, please click here.