New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

Document Type



New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2014


A study of all lawyer discipline cases in New York from mid-2008 through 2013 and many cases in earlier decades reveals that the system for lawyer discipline in New York is seriously deficient. Clients are not protected. The cases take far too long, often many years. Sanctions are dramatically inconsistent. There is no statewide effort to reconcile different sanctions in different courts. Many cases do not attempt to reconcile sanctions with those in similar cases from the same court. Secrecy is rampant. In the small number of cases where discipline is public, a prospective client cannot easily discover a lawyer's disciplinary record.

Date of Authorship for this Version



New York, discipline, public protection