The New York State Bar Association has released its 2008 manual – Current Legal Issues Affecting the Profession. The manual contains concise summaries of 33 subjects of concern to the legal profession, the organized bar, and the public. The handbook is divided into two sections, current topics and informational topics. The current topics section addresses issues of immediate concern, while the second grouping examines issues where action may not be imminent, but the subject matter is of sufficient interest to be included in the manual. This 27th edition of “Current Legal Issues” provides background information, and the relevant activity and policy position of the New York State Bar Association concerning each subject.
The subjects range from lawyer advertising to the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 on eminent domain. Also included is an examination of a proposed rule, intended to apply in the wake of a major disaster, that would allow out-of-state lawyers to do pro bono work in New York if it were deemed necessary.