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When Lawyers Work for Accounting Firms

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By Linda Galler [Originally published in NYPRR February 1999]   Large American accounting firms are following the lead of their counterparts in Europe by expanding the range of services offered to the public into areas traditionally served by law firms. The American Bar Association has created a Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice to study how...

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Two NYCLA Ethics Opinions — Oct. 1998

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By Roy Simon [Originally published in NYPRR January 1999]   In October 1998, the NYCLA Committee on Professional Ethics issued two ethics opinions. Here are summaries of them: Discarding Old Files — NYCLA Op. 725 (10/6/1998) “When and how may a...

State Bar Issues Opinion on Use of Internet

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By Lazar Emanuel [Originally published in NYPRR December 1998]   In its first major pronouncement on law practice over the Internet, the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics has issued Ethics Opinion 709 (Sept. 16, 1998)....

When Partners Part: Ethical Implications of Lawyer Mobility

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By Steven C. Krane [Originally published in NYPRR September 1998]   [Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the problems that arise when a partner decides to leave a firm. This article deals with the responsibilities of the partner who...

‘No-Contact’ Rule in NYS — Some Less Contentious Questions

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By Bruce A. Green [Originally published in NYPRR August 1998]   Over the past decade, there has been heated discussion about the scope of the “no-contact” rule. This is the rule that, generally speaking, forbids a lawyer from communicating directly...

To Hell with Standards of Civility — Wait, Not So Fast!

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By Roy Simon [Originally published in NYPRR June 1998]   In September 1997, effective immediately, the New York courts adopted Standards of Civility, a nonbinding set of “guidelines intended to encourage lawyers, judges and court personnel to observe...

When Complaint Is Filed Against You — How Disciplinary System Works

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By Sarah Diane McShea [Originally published in NYPRR May 1998]   Most lawyers will receive at least one complaint of unethical conduct at some point during their careers. This is true for lawyers who never practice law and it is true for lawyers who hold...

Use of Email Creates Ethical Challenges

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By Anthony E. Davis [Originally published in NYPRR May 1998]   Communications by lawyers involve two sets of legal and ethical principles — the legal and ethical obligation to protect privileged information, and the legal and ethical obligation to...

Walking a Tight Rope: Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege

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By Kirsten L. Christopher [Originally published in NYPRR April 1998]   As trusted members of management, in-house counsel play an active role in business decision-making. Because in-house lawyers serve a dual role, many executives believe all...

Stiffer Sanctions for Frivolous Litigation Conduct: Amended Part 130 Now in Effect

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By Roy Simon [Originally published in NYPRR April 1998]   Tougher sanctions for frivolous litigation conduct in New York State courts are in place as of March 1, 1998, when amendments to 22 NYCRR Part 130 took effect. The amendments, which build on...