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40 Bull. 1 (1999-2000)

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As the new millennium
app oach ~s leaders of the leg 1
s      prof  ion a I055 tIe 1. nited States
r wr flit g with what has be n
al d the most important issue to
Ia e the 1 g I p ofession this
centi the expa usion of profes
sional servi e entities, principally
accountirg firms, info ft e practice
'A law. Alibon h it may 'elI qnt
be fully resolv d until w~' are well ir to the next certury, th~
issue is hot on the able for commert and study as hundreds
of t fe nd local bar associations appoint commissions,
committees and task forces on DPs short for
ulti-Disciplinary Practices      DP has been defined
by the erucan Bat Association as.
a partnership, professional corporation or other
as o Nation or entity that includes lawyeus and
nonlawycts at d h i one but iot all of it
purposes the delivery of legal services to a client(s)
other than ft e DP itself or that holds itself out to
the public as providing nonlegal as well as legal
services It includes an arrangement y which a law
firm joins with one or more other professiona firms
to provide serv ces, in luding legal service , and
there is a direct ot indite t sh iring of profits as part
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Originating iii urope over a decade a o, L)P ia e
pread to Australia and Canad and ar i ow ft e sub cct o
a firestorri )f cot tr )V ~rs in the U S Ia gely as a esult of
the efforts of the 'big five a eountin~ fur is w iuc a er
tha business clients aue e ~ianding on stop ho s fr n
whieh ttev ean obtain th full ranue of piof'ssi ml advice
and assistance In addition to audi ing and tax s ices,
these firm now offer r n e of non tra o P fin ii cia
services I hey to Ion r even r Icr to thcmselv as
accounting firms, using instea the tern 'I roless o
service provide s I hey appare itly w sh o deliver It P
5 rvi 5 'and pa licipare in the rot it they r vic'c s
par of a tot I professio ial package hat is tic t dc is he
exte it t which such firrr s are willii g to tak 1< 1 mdc
as well s he be ich s of legal practice U it ug e r
organ> tions subject to I e much ore ret t ictiv (ode )f
Professional esponsibuluty at d the iscip mary ules
governing the legal practice, including oblug it us of
confidentiality and princi les of conflict of inter st
DPs a e not Ii ute o alliances between lawyc s ar d
accountants, ut could al o tak the form of associa ions
between at orneys and a rat ge rI other profes monals
inelud1ng fi;~n~~ial planners, rceIt~r~ social W ~tN
courselors, health care providers, scientists and, at the
extreme em tuner I ireetors.
Active debate on t e issue b gati last su mer w en the
erican ar Association created its toni ussuon on
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in the flel of legal ethi s and professic nal responsi inility
chairs tIe state bar special committee that dra ted he ul
changes more than a y~'ar ago In a memo to tuembe of his
Ii ne said, Ihe a idments a~e the p oduct of tie fir
compre iensi e xamtnation of the Cc de of rofessic n I
Responsibility in over a dcc de hile he n>cndme its do
not purport to cure every p oblen o fill every gap in the
C ide, their adopt on presents he at vith a e ml rule tha
clearly establish an jatory and aspirafional tandar s f
atfomey co iduc and pt )vide elI ical mid inI c C all
lawyers in all types of p aeti e th ough I the State
In announcing the adoption of ft e revise C ode
NYS A President Ihi was C) Rice of rook n s u, Ihu~
atner duients were needed to clarify and ut d' fe existing
pros i~i a t~, Jirni ia% mudify uk~ iF t u l. igui
comport with r 'asonable and legifi mm Ic cx ec afions of
die its lawyers and society in general.
eonunued on page 10

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