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Professional Ethics

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The Committee on Professional Ethics, Discipline and Practice is a standing Committee of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, established under the authority of Article XX of the Association's By-Laws. The Committee shall be composed of at least one member per Chapter and should meet at least two times per year.
 
ETHICS: This Committee shall examine matters tending to elevate the standards of professional honor and conduct and cooperate with other lawyers' associations in such matters, and shall investigate the general practices of lawyers which may prejudice the profession or the community. The Committee shall report to the Board of Directors and take such action as it deems appropriate in this regard.
 
DISCIPLINE: The Committee shall consider professional misconduct complaints against any member of the Association of the bar. The Committee's proceedings with respect to misconduct shall be confidential and disclosed to the Board of Directors only as ordered after a report. The Committee shall also, in the event the President of the Association is found by a two-thirds vote of the Board to be disabled, unable to perform her duties, or in a position of having failed to perform her duties, act as a review committee of the Board's actions with respect to the President.
 
PRACTICE: The Committee shall analyze pending legislation and rules directed toward lawyers and the practice of law, coordinating its work with that of the Legislation Committee. The Committee shall report to the Board of Directors on such issues and take such action as deemed appropriate.
 
Chair

Deborah A. Scalise, Esq.
Scalise & Hamilton, LLP
670 White Plains Road, Suite 325
Scarsdale, NY 10583
914-725-2801  office
914-931-2112  fax
dscalise@scalisethics.com

The WBASNY Professional Ethics Committee has a hotline. If you are a WBASNY member and have a question regarding ethical issues, you can call 914.472.9517 after 6:00 p.m. (weekdays). Although legal advice cannot be offered, you can be guided in the right direction as to the applicable disciplinary rules, case law and ethics resources.