Welcoming Program Remarks
Speaker: Roy D. Simon, Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics Emeritus
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Why It’s Time to Change? A Review of Judiciary Law § 470
Schoenefeld v. New York | Overview and Discussion
Speaker: Ekaterina Schoenefeld, Esq., Schoenefeld Law Firm LLC, Plaintiff
Speaker: Ronald B. McGuire, Esq., author of amicus brief
In Schoenefeld v. State of New York, 25 N.Y. 3d 22, 26 (2015), the Court of Appeals held that Judiciary Law § 470 requires attorneys who do not reside in New York "to maintain a physical law office within the State." Is Schoenefeld a retroactive or proactive decision? New York has no office requirement for attorneys who reside within the State. Is the requirement unconstitutional? What is the scope of the rule? What were the policy considerations behind the rule? Is it relevant today?
Practicing Law in the 21st Century: Ethically and Practically Virtual
Speaker: Philip Touitou, Esq., Partner, Hinshaw, Culbertson LLP
Speaker: Stephen Furnari, Furnari Scher LLP & Founder, Law Firm Suites
Whether or not Judiciary Law § 470 is held to be unconstitutional, there are ethical and practical implications to having a virtual law practice in New York. What are the policy considerations in allowing (or not) a virtual law practice? How does a practitioner dispense those considerations and honor their ethical obligations? What address can be used on the letterhead, website, or business card? What is a virtual office’s serving address? Are there concerns about receiving service for your clients if you are in a different state? Would a grievance come from a client or by a lawyer against another lawyer? Are there malpractice issues? How likely is it that a client would sue an attorney for being licensed in one state and having an office in another state? How would violations of Schoenefeld be enforced? What would the likely ‘punishment’ be? To whom can you market – NY residents? Clients in the state where you sit who have a NY matter?
Marketing Your Virtual Practice | Ethics Rules
Speaker: Carol Schiro Greenwald, PhD, CSG MarketingPartners
Virtual Office Providers
Speaker: Ben Blumberg, Stark Office Solutions