January 18, 2000
Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice
Center for Professional Responsibility
American Bar Association
541 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611-3314
Dear Members of the Commission:
I am pleased on behalf of the Board and Staff of the New York Urban League to submit our support on behalf of the consumer alliance and its initiative to encourage the Bar Association to consider the inclusion of multidisciplinary partners. The League feels that multidisciplinary partners are good for consumers and for business. We pride ourselves in embracing the notion of strength in numbers and encourage civic, social ,civil rights and other professional groups and organizations to do the same thing.
As the commission prepares to make its recommendations, we urge members to keep in mind the many ways in which consumers stand to benefit from a proposal that allows more intensive integration of services between lawyers and non-lawyers.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your consideration of this subject.
Dennis M. Walcott