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New York City Bar Association Reminds Lawyers of Their Ethical Obligation

“Confronting what it says has been a ‘sharp increase’ in the number of people who come to court without an attorney, the New York City Bar Association is reminding lawyers that they have an ethical obligation to self-represented individuals adverse to their clients.

Moreover, the city bar’s recently issued Formal Ethics Opinion 02-2009 stresses that ‘refraining from misleading or deceptive conduct’ when dealing with self-represented litigants may not be enough to satisfy that obligation. ‘For some self-represented persons, further action may be necessary,’ it advises.”

New York Law Journal
February 20th, 2009