senate Bill S8682A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to attorneys graduating from law school or who are otherwise eligible to take the New York state bar exam during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 10, 2020 print number 8682a
Jul 10, 2020 amend (t) and recommit to rules
Jul 06, 2020 referred to rules

Co-Sponsors

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S8682 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10794
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Judiciary

S8682 - Summary

Authorizes any person who has graduated or will graduate from an American Bar Association accredited law school or is otherwise eligible to take the New York state bar exam during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency, has demonstrated compliance with section 520.9 of the rules of the court of appeals, and has satisfied the requirements for good moral character and general fitness requisite for an attorney- and counselor-at-law as required by section 90 of the Judiciary Law and who intends to primarily practice law in the State of New York to be admitted to practice in all the courts of record of the state.

S8682 - Sponsor Memo

S8682 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8682
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               July 6, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules
 
 AN ACT to make a temporary change to the system of examination of candi-
   dates for admission to practice as attorneys and  counsellors  in  the
   state of New York during the COVID-19 pandemic; and to provide for the
   repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Notwithstanding section 53 of  the  judiciary  law  or  any
 other  provision of law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the uniform
 system of examination of candidates for admission to practice as  attor-
 neys and counsellors shall consist of the following:
   (a)  The New York Law Course, as described in section 6000.3(b) of the
 Rules of the State Board of Law Examiners, as in effect  as  of  October
 11, 2017;
   (b) The New York Law Examination, as described in section 6000.3(c) of
 the  Rules of the State Board of Law Examiners, as in effect as of Octo-
 ber 11, 2017; and
   (c)  The  Multistate  Professional  Responsibility   Examination,   as
 described  in  section  6000.3(d) of the Rules of the State Board of Law
 Examiners, as in effect as of October 11, 2017.
   § 2. The court of appeals may  adopt,  amend,  or  rescind  rules  not
 inconsistent  with  this  act for the admission to practice as attorneys
 and counsellors of persons who successfully complete the uniform  system
 of examination described in section one of this act.
   §  3. Nothing contained in this act shall prevent the court of appeals
 from dispensing, in the rules established by it, with the uniform system
 of examination described in section one of this act where the  applicant
 is  a  graduate of any law school which requires a three year course for
 graduation and produces the graduate's diploma  upon  their  application
 for admission to practice.
   §  4.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
 deemed repealed upon the expiration of the state of  emergency  declared
 by  Executive  Order  202  of  2020  or the expiration of any subsequent
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

Co-Sponsors

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S8682A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10794
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Judiciary

S8682A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Authorizes any person who has graduated or will graduate from an American Bar Association accredited law school or is otherwise eligible to take the New York state bar exam during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency, has demonstrated compliance with section 520.9 of the rules of the court of appeals, and has satisfied the requirements for good moral character and general fitness requisite for an attorney- and counselor-at-law as required by section 90 of the Judiciary Law and who intends to primarily practice law in the State of New York to be admitted to practice in all the courts of record of the state.

S8682A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8682A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8682--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               July 6, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sens. HOYLMAN, GIANARIS, GOUNARDES, JACKSON, MAY, MONTGOM-
   ERY,  SALAZAR,  SEPULVEDA, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed,
   and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules --  commit-
   tee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recom-
   mitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT in relation to attorneys graduating from law school or taking the
   bar exam during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Notwithstanding any provision of law, rule, or regulation
 to the contrary, any person who has graduated or will graduate  from  an
 American Bar Association accredited law school or who would otherwise be
 eligible to take the New York state bar examination during the period of
 time  encompassed  by the COVID-19 state disaster emergency, as declared
 pursuant to executive order number 202  of  2020,  and  any  extensions,
 amendments  or  modifications  thereto, has demonstrated compliance with
 section 520.9 of the rules of the court of appeals,  and  has  satisfied
 the  requirements for good moral character and general fitness requisite
 for an attorney- and counselor-at-law as required by section 90  of  the
 judiciary  law and who intends to primarily practice law in the state of
 New York shall be admitted to practice in all the courts  of  record  of
 the state.
   §  2.  Nothing  contained in this act shall be construed as rescinding
 any rules promulgated  or  waivers  thereof  by  the  court  of  appeals
 pertaining to admission to practice as an attorney- and counselor-at-law
 that are not inconsistent with this act.
   §  3.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
 individual whose application for admission to the New York state bar  is
 pending on the date the COVID-19 state disaster emergency ends.
 
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD16864-02-0

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