Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), issued the following statement applauding the Unified State Court System’s Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts for its stance against nonlawyer ownership of law firms:
“The prohibition against nonlawyer ownership of law firms is the long-established policy of the New York State Bar Association. That policy is borne out of a concern that individuals who are not lawyers do not have the same ethical constraints that lawyers do, and their ownership of law firms could put clients at risk. We applaud the Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts, and its chair, past NYSBA President Hank Greenberg, for reaffirming our position that allowing nonlawyers to be partners and owners in law firms is neither viable nor practical at this time. Like the Commission, NYSBA will closely evaluate developments in Arizona, Utah and California to see whether any of the alternate business structures undertaken in those states yield successful results, particularly with regard to access to justice.”
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