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Committee on Judicial Ethics – Ethics Opinion 1058

NYS Committee on Judicial Ethics

Choice of Law

Immigration Practice

Ethics Opinion 1058

Background: The inquiring attorney was recently admitted to practice in New York but plans to reside and practice solely in Illinois and will engage in a practice limited to immigration law.

Opinion: The committee stated that if a lawyer is admitted solely in New York but is authorized by Federal Law to practice immigration law in another state, and if the lawyer practices only immigration law and practices only in another state, then the lawyer is not required to maintain an attorney trust account in a New York banking institution.