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The Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law was created by anAdministrative Order of the Chief Judge dated March 3, 1999, following the issuance of the 1995Report of the Committee on the Profession and the Courts, to “promote awareness and adherence to professional values and ethical behavior by lawyers in New York State.”

As members of the bar, lawyers must remain true to the enduring values that have made the legal profession a positive force for public good throughout our nation’s history. The broad mandate of the Institute requires examination and studied consideration of the challenges to lawyer independence and professionalism, both in practice and in legal education.

Over the past decade, the Institute has pursued its mandate by exploring professionalism in the context of how law schools teach ethics, access to legal services for immigrants and new Americans, and the impact and influence of the internet on the delivery of legal services. The Institute most recently completed a series of five convocations that examined the influences, pressures and biases affecting “lawyer independence” in different practice contexts. (The proceedings from all of the Institute’s convocations are contained in Journals that can be accessed by clicking the Library). The next topic of study is professionalism in legal education and practice in the 21st century.


Recent Events

May 22, 2014 CONVOCATION:

The Coming Changes to Legal Education: Ensuring Professional Values

A Joint Convocation sponsored by the Institute, New York State Bar Association, and its Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar at the New York State Judicial Institute, 84 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603, on the campus of Pace University School of Law.