Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Family Court: NYC

NYC is looking to change the way assigned counsel is provided in Family Court cases. The plan is to move away from the "18-b" (named for the clause in the County Law which also effects upstate county) pool of assigned lawyers toward a system where a nonprofit legal services organization oversees representation.

The image of the 18-b lawyer presented by the advocate for change Mr. Lasner seems a little skewed, but at the same time, there's truth to what he says. Assigned counsel quite often is the mainstay of work for newer or less skilled attorneys. Perhaps, while this change is welcome, we should also be looking at the nature of our profession and figuring out how to deal with a glut that creates lawyers who are churning cases to make a buck.


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