The Mispractice of Law: How Bad Behavior Is Handled in New York State

Production Date: February 25, 2018 Practice Areas: Ethics Estimated Length: 4505 minutes


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The practice of law is restricted and controlled by the state. As an activity, it is reserved to those who have met certain baseline requirements that the state has established, but the matter does not end there. After obtaining the license, a lawyer remains bound by the ethical code of conduct in their state, and, furthermore, remains subject to investigation and discipline for violations of the rules.

This course, taught by Joseph Hester, formerly senior counsel for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in New York State’s First Judicial Department, and Donald Zolin, a long serving referee in that Committee’s disciplinary proceedings, will raise awareness of the body of rules an attorney must live by and some of the unpleasant consequences that violations may bring, as well as provide concrete and practical suggestions of how to avoid such negative outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Emphasize that the practice of law is a licensed profession, exercised within certain parameters and entailing definite obligations
  2. Review the code of conduct governing the practice of law
  3. Highlight selected provisions of the code that call for special attention
  4. Explain what happens when a disciplinary investigation or proceeding is initiated and what it may be advisable for the lawyer to do or to avoid

This course originally appeared as a part of our February 2018 Bridge the Gap Event.