Bar association urges end of residency requirement

By David Lombardo

The Albany Times Union reported on NYSBA’s support to repeal the law requiring lawyers admitted to practice in New York to maintain a physical presence here if they live in a different state (may require subscription)

The New York State Bar Association wants to repeal a century-old law that requires lawyers admitted to practice in New York maintain a physical presence here if they live in a different state.

A working group assembled by the association found the law to be “outdated” and determined non-resident attorneys can be served with process, which was the Legislature’s concern when they drafted the law.

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