PRESERVING THE CORE VALUES OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROFESSION
The Place of Multidisciplinary Practice in the Law Governing Lawyers

Report of the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on the Law Governing Firm Structure and Operation  

The Special Committee is solely responsible for the contents of this report. Unless and until adopted in whole or in part by the Executive Committee and/or the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association, no part of the report should be considered the official position of the Association.

Albany, New York

April 2000

[The Special Committee | Table of Contents]


Special Committee on the Law Governing

Firm Structure and Operation

Robert MacCrate, Esq., Chairperson, New York, NY

Sydney M. Cone, III, Esq., Vice Chairperson, New York, NY

Steven C. Krane, Esq., Vice Chairperson, New York, NY

Members

Robert E. Brown, Esq., Rochester, NY

Robert E. Curry, Jr., Esq., New York, NY

Clover M. Drinkwater, Esq., Elmira, NY

A. Thomas Levin, Esq., Mineola, NY

Robert L. Ostertag, Esq., Poughkeepsie, NY

Erin M. Peradotto, Esq., Buffalo, NY

Joshua M. Pruzansky, Esq., Smithtown, NY

Kenneth G. Standard, Esq., New York, NY

Reporter

Prof. John David Leubsdorf, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, NJ

Advisors

Prof. Eleanor M. Fox, New York University School of Law, New York, NY

Prof. L. Harold Levinson, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN

Executive Committee Liaison

Thomas O. Rice, Esq., Brooklyn, NY

NYSBA Staff Liaison

John A. Williamson, Jr., Esq., Albany, NY


Table of Contents

Introduction The Mission, Process and Report of the Special Committee

PART ONE APPRAISAL OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROFESSION IN THE YEAR 2000

Chapter 1 The Salient Changes in the Demography

Chapter 2 The Profound Effects of Specialization, Information Technology, Advertising and Law Practice Management

Chapter 3 The Differentiation in Practice Settings

Chapter 4 Cooperative Arrangements With Other Professionals

Chapter 5 The Organization, Education and Maintenance of a Single American Legal Profession

Chapter 6 The Articulation and Enforcement of Professional Values

PART TWO THE CHALLENGES TO MAINTAINING A SINGLE PUBLIC PROFESSION OF LAW

Chapter 7 Marketing Legal Services as Part of a Multidisciplinary Practice

Chapter 8 The Globalization of American Law Practice

Chapter 9 A Survey of MDP in Selected Jurisdictions Abroad

Chapter 10 Identifying and Appraising the Factors Looking Toward Change 293

PART THREE ANALYSIS OF THE PRINCIPAL ISSUES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Chapter 11 Clients, the Public, Law Firms, and the Professional Responsibilities of Lawyers

Chapter 12 In The Public Interest, What Changes Should Be Made in the Law Governing Lawyers and Law Firms?