Certain entrepreneurs, seeking to profit from the market for legal services while avoiding compliance with lawyers’ rules of professional responsibility, argue the law is just a business, not a profession. Dan Lear, “I Hate to Break It to You Lawyers . . . ,” GPSolo eReport, October 2015. As a practicing attorney and president of the New York State Bar Association, let me break this news—the law is a profession, one that has standards for entry and rules of ethics that are in place to protect the clients we serve.
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