Dear Counsel,

I hope everyone had a meaningful and sunshine-filled Father’s Day weekend.

There are two recent ethical rule updates in New York:

The New York court system’s administrative board has lifted the ban on law firms advertising their services under trade or domain names. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Administrative Board Approves ‘Humanitarian Exception’ to NY Ethics Rules, Allowing Attorney Contributions to Poor Clients:
Under the new rule, funds raised for legal services are not considered for humanitarian purposes, and attorneys will still be barred from offering loans or other forms of assistance that make a client “beholden” to a legal services provider.

It would appear that for those of you who are concerned about your clients, especially during this pandemic, and recognize that they are in a difficult financial situation and, for example, want to provide them some groceries, these types of charitable measures are acceptable.