New York

New York:

Type: None

State Programs: None

Regulatory Scheme: New York Rule 7.4 says that "A lawyer who is certified as a specialist in a particular area of law or law practice [by a duly recognized authority of another jurisdiction or] by a private organization approved for that purpose by the American Bar Association may state the fact of certification if, in conjunction therewith, the certifying organization is identified and the following statement is prominently made: 'The [name of the private certifying organization] is not affiliated with any governmental authority [in the case of ABA accreditation]"  or "This certrification is not granted by any governmental authority within the State of New York" otherwise.



The 2d Circuit Court of Appeals has held the requirement of publishing some of the content of this disclaimer unconstitutional in Hayes v. NY Attorney Grievance Committee.


New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207


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Updated: 08/05/2015