Professor W. Bradley Wendel, an expert in the field of legal ethics, has been appointed vice chair of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline, to conduct a comprehensive review of the state's attorney disciplinary system. Wendel joins former Appellate Division, Second Department, Associate Justice Barry Cozier, who was appointed as chair, as well as leaders from New York's bench and legal profession on the Commission.
"This is a unique and valuable opportunity to look at and analyze the inner workings of the disciplinary system and, should it need adjustments, to provide suggestions for improvement with the goal of protecting the public interest," says Wendel.
As part of the reviewing process, members of the Commission are identifying what is working well, what can work better, and recommendations for how to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the state's attorney discipline system. More in-depth issues that are being investigated by the commission include whether New York's departmental-based system leads to regional disparities in the implementation of discipline, whether a statewide system is more effective, and how to achieve dispositions more quickly to provide much-needed closure to both clients and attorneys.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who began the commission back in March 2015, commented on the appointment of Wendel and Justice Cozier stating, "We are extremely fortunate to have two such eminently qualified individuals to spearhead the efforts of the distinguished members of this vital Commission."