Marjorie J. Peerce, a partner in Ballard Spahr's New York office, has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA), one of the nation's oldest, largest, and most influential bar organizations.

Ms. Peerce recently began a four-year term on the committee, which has executive oversight responsibility for management of the 24,000-member association, known as "the City Bar." A longtime NYCBA member, Ms. Peerce is a former Chair of the City Bar's Criminal Law Committee, which works to improve the quality, fairness, and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in New York and nationally. She also served on the association's Criminal Justice Council and White Collar Crime Committee.

Founded in 1870, the City Bar works to maintain the high ethical standards of the legal profession, provides services to the profession and the public, and promotes reform of the law and access to justice in New York, nationally, and worldwide. Through the work of more than 150 committees, the City Bar addresses legal and public policy issues ranging from administrative law practice to supporting women in the legal profession.

"I'm honored to have been selected," Ms. Peerce said. "The City Bar is a highly respected organization that takes its mission seriously and plays a vital role in the New York legal community. I look forward to serving."

The association issues reports on law and justice issues, advocates positions on legislation, and evaluates judicial candidates and appointees in the legal system. It provides members with opportunities for career development, continuing legal education, networking, pro bono engagements, and other benefits. Through nonprofit affiliates, NYCBA also operates a Lawyer Assistance Program to help those in the legal community suffering from addiction or mental health issues, as well as an Office for Diversity and Inclusion, which works to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments in the legal field.

The City Bar also serves the public through programs and services, including a lawyer referral service; the City Bar Justice Center, which provides access to justice for low-income and underserved New Yorkers; and the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, which provides pro bono legal support to human rights and environmental organizations in Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere around the world.

Ms. Peerce is an accomplished litigator who focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. During more than 30 years in practice, she has handled high-stakes matters across the criminal and regulatory spectrum. She represents clients in New York state and federal courts, as well as in federal courts across the country. She is a recipient of the New York Law Journal Public Service Award for Lawyers Who Lead by Example, in recognition of her contributions to the public good. Her pro bono work includes extensive involvement in Clemency Project 2014, a federal initiative to trim the prison sentences of inmates convicted of low-level, nonviolent crimes and sentenced under now-obsolete guidelines.