Private Practice, Public Office: Drawing the Line, Ethically

July 2013

By: Devika Kewalramani

New York Law Journal

Lawyers often wear many hats, and it is not uncommon for an attorney to hold public office while engaged in private practice. Although this dual role is not prohibited by the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, it may raise significant ethical implications for lawyers and their clients, such as special conflicts of interest and other ethical concerns. Lawyers representing private clients should be aware of and comply with these requirements whether they serve part-time as county legislator, member of a municipal board, public defender or prosecutor, or other government lawyer.

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