The 21-member Committee on Professional
Standards is comprised of both lawyers and nonlawyers. With the
assistance of a full time staff, the Committee reviews complaints against Third
Department attorneys. A complaint may be dismissed where found to be
unproven or it may result in the issuance of a confidential educational or
disciplinary letter to the attorney. In the case of serious misconduct, a
disciplinary proceeding may be commenced in the Appellate Division, which can
result in the public censure, suspension or disbarment of an attorney.
The primary role of the Committee is to protect
the public, deter attorney misconduct and preserve the reputation of the Bar.
The Committee works closely with the New York
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection in seeing that clients who have suffered a
loss because of an attorney's misconduct in the practice of law are reimbursed.
information regarding the operation of the Committee on Professional Standards, click here.