Month: March 2017

Ethics Opinion 1116

Topic:       Nonlegal services, fee-sharing with nonlawyers, payment for referrals, billing practices, disclosing use of nonlawyer assistants, multidisciplinary practice

March 16, 2017: NYS Bar Association: Elimination of LSC Funding Would Deny Access to Justice to Low-Income New Yorkers

The New York State Bar Association decries President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation. “It would devastate the ability of many New Yorkers to obtain essential legal services in such life-altering cases as evictions from housing and obtaining protection from domestic violence. We must continue to protect our most vulnerable … Continued

March 10, 2017: New York State Bar Association Urges Senate To Reject So-Called ‘Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act’

New York State Bar Association President Claire P. Gutekunst today issued the following statement: “The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the misnamed “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (S.237, H.R. 720), which we have long opposed. “The bill would restore discredited provisions initially enacted in 1983 that required judges to impose mandatory sanctions on what were … Continued