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28 Lab. & Emp. L. 1 (1999-2000)

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     he Section's Counci wants to
     hear your opinions on multidis-
     tip-ary practice. Please e-mail
or fdx your thoughts to the Section
(laborempllaw@abanet org or
   The AB on August 10, 1999, de-
c Iied to thange professional ethics
rues to allowv lawvers to provide legal
services ' m tid'stip' nary practices
until further study demonstrates that
such practices wold further the pub
lic interest without sacrilicing lawyer
inde~pende~ne~ and 1oyalty. 'A proposal
to drop an ethical rule pro ' itig
fee-sharing was presented to the AE
House of Delegates, but was rejected
pending further study.
   The House of Delegates the A's
policy-ma   g body, received a rec-
ormmendation from the BA Co     ~s-

sion on Mulidiscip' ary Practice
that would have allowed lawyers to
form practices owned jointly with
professionals firon other d'sciphines,
such as accountants, financial plan-
ners, social workers, counselors and
health care providers. Such practices,
known as MDPs, are co mon in Lu-
rope, and some la v ers in the inted
States have said they wish to form
the  here rhe tommssion, which
has held hearings and studied the
issue since Septemer 1998, sai its
proposal was care  y drawn to pro-
tect core professional values relating
to client tonfidentia ty, client loyalty
and lawyer independente, and would
have allowed lawyers to offer compre
hensive services to meet client needs.
   Shea  n 5'-nons, co'wssion
chair, said he and other members

wold conduct additional hearings
and vsit professional orga ,zations
around the tontry with the hope of
presenting a nw report to the House
of Delegates next July in New York.
   Opponents argued that non-lawyer
ownership of practices offering legal
services would jeopardize the abilty
of lawyers to protect cient confi-
deuces, lower client protections
aga-inst tonlits of interest, and Sub-
ject lawyers to interference with their
professional judgment in represent-
ing clients.
   The co    ssion's report and ret-
ommendations, sample language for
amend'ng the model rules, reporter's
notes, and more hformation about
the co   ssion, its witnesses and the
status of m1ultidiscip lary practite in
ELurope are available at the co s-
sion 's website ( .abanet.
orgcrimtUicom htnil).
   The Section Council has not yet
taken a position on   Ps but is
sttidyinig the sibjct At its Augus
meeting the Council heard from
commi1ssion chair Sherwin S   ons,
who provided batkground on the
cow~ssion, a sumary of the
process used ini develping its rtport
and reco    endations, and a state
mrent on why te  A shold adopt
the reco mendations.
   T e Co cil has in vited Lawrence
J. Fox, an opponent of the recomn-
dations, to share his views at their Oc-
tober mneeting in Colorado Springs.
The Co cil also hopes to recive~
to rments on the issue from Settion~
members and encourages all tebers
wvith an opunon on the subject to sub-
1t co nnents as soon as possble.

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