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Professional Discipline Committee

The Professional Discipline Committee studies and monitors the role and function of the lawyer discipline and licensing process. The Committee reviews the practices and performance of the attorney disciplinary agencies in New York City, and issues reports and recommends rule and policy changes to the Appellate Divisions and the Office of Court Administration to improve the regulation of the legal profession. The Committee examines the rules, regulations and statutes regulating lawyer and law firm conduct as well as the procedural rules governing the disciplinary system. The Committee prepares and files amicus briefs, sponsors CLE programs on professional ethics-related topics, and collaborates with the Committees on Professional Ethics and Professional Responsibility on joint projects to amend and improve the Rules of Professional Conduct and other ethics-related statutes. The Committee oversees the City Bar's Complaint Mediation Panel which mediates client/lawyer disputes (other than fee disputes) and seeks to amicably resolve minor client complaints referred by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in the First Department.

Recent Reports

Joint proposal of the New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar to publish redacted versions of letters of caution, admonitions and reprimands issued to attorneys (July 2013) ( PDF )
Subject area: Letters of Caution

Letter to the NYS Unified Court System commenting on a proposed amendment to 22NYCRR § 137.1(b) which would exclude from the Fee Dispute Resolution Program any matters involving disbarred, resigned or suspended attorneys (May 2012)( PDF )
Subject area: Fee Dispute Resolution Program

Proposed Amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4: Regulating Lawyers’ Supervision of Undercover Investigations (June 2011)( PDF ) Subject area: Undercover Investigations

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Speaking to a room of recent law graduates participating in the City Bar's New Lawyer Institute, members of the Professional Discipline Committee led a panel discussion on how to get admitted to the First or Second Department. The panel discussed best practices for filling out and filing application papers and addressed a number of the pitfalls to be wary of. A list of helpful resources was also distributed.