Learn the importance of addressing the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL), a cornerstone of NYCLA’s founding goal of preserving the integrity of the legal profession, and a continuing issue for lawyers today.
Specifically, our panel of experts will discuss:
- What UPL is, how it plays out in modern legal practice,
- How the UPL can affect practicing attorneys, and
- How attorneys can avoid negative consequences from it.
- Unauthorized practice of immigration law
You will hear about the Brooklyn DA’s office’s work relating to UPL, including several noteworthy cases and what we can all learn from them, as well as:
- how paralegals can and do engage in UPL
- how paralegals’ supervising attorneys can prevent them from engaging in UPL;
- how social media advertising of legal services misleads attorneys and the public; and
- a brief history of NYCLA’s pioneering work against UPL.
Program Co-sponsors: NYCLA’s Law-Related Education Committee; Solo and Small Practice Law Committee; Criminal Justice Section, Matrimonial Law Section and Immigration Law Committee; New York City Paralegal Association, Inc. (NYCPA)
Faculty: Professors Kerin E. Coughlin and Gail E. Williams, CUNY-NYC College of Technology’s (City Tech) Department of Law and Paralegal Studies; Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Michel Spanakos, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division; Mariana Fradman, VP New York City Paralegal Association, Inc. (NYCPA) and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Coordinator for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), Eugene J. Glicksman,Glicksman & Cardoso, chair of NYCLA’s Immigration Law Committee