Jonathan Pressment in the New York Law Journal: Judges to Take Up City's Proposal to Revise 18-B
Attorneys representing several New York City bar groups will argue in the state's highest court tomorrow that the city should not be allowed to adopt a plan the groups insist will undermine their role in the assigned-counsel program.
The high-profile Matter of the New York County Lawyers' Association v. Bloomberg, 155, is one of 31 cases the Court of Appeals will hear in a two-week round of arguments that begins today. Decisions will follow starting in the middle of October...
Jonathan Pressment, an attorney for Haynes and Boone, LLP, will argue for the bar groups that the Bloomberg plan runs counter to Article 18-B, §722, of the County Law, which allows assignment of cases to a legal services group or according to a plan devised by the local county bar associations. The assignment of cases is up to judges under the 1965 local law, not political entities such as a mayor's administration, Pressment will contend.
Excerpted from New York Law Journal, September 5, 2012. To view full article, click here (subscription required).