Board approves ethics rules changes Senior Editor With some final, minor modifications, the Bar Board of Governors has approved amendments to Bar rules based on the ABA’s Ethics 2002 report. The board at its August 13 meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, gave final approval to the changes, which were proposed by the Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002. The board also approved a change suggested by board member Bob Brush and one suggested by the Disciplinary Procedure Committee. The rules next go to the Supreme Court. The board had considered final approval at its May meeting, but tabled the amendments after the City, County and Local Government Law Section raised objections. The section said some provisions of existing and proposed rules were unduly harsh on government attorneys, particularly involving conflict of interest regulations. Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert presented the report in the absence of committee Chair Adele Stone who was prevented from attending by Hurricane Charley. She reported that one change was a deletion of a requirement that government attorneys get a conflict waiver from their agencies in writing and made two other technical changes sought by the section. Other changes suggested by the section were rejected, Tarbert said. The section had objected that “these proposed rule revisions touch upon the time-honored concepts of attorney-client confidentiality and conflicts of interest and suggest that government lawyers have a special duty to expose wrongdoing that may involve the disclosure of attorney-client communications.” Another board member, Robert Rush, moved to make two additional amendments sought by the section, but the board rejected both. One would have removed an amendment to rule 4-1.11 on conflicts of interest which notes specifically that government lawyers are subject to rules 4-1.7 and 4-1.9. “Why do we need to pass a rule that says lawyers are subject to other rules?” Rush asked. Rush said his other amendment was intended to clarify the definitions of how lawyers can get conflict permission acknowledged in some cases. He said the rule requires written acknowledgment, but the definition allows the confirmation via e-mail or electronic recording. The DPC proposed — and the board okayed — dropping a line in the comment to rule 4-1.4 on client communications which provided, “Client telephone calls should be promptly returned or acknowledged.” Bob Brush asked for a change to the comment in Rule 5-1.1 on an attorney holding money or property in trust for a client when a third party has a claim on those items. The change specifies that the attorney must hold funds in trust over client objection only when there is a duty to the third party under applicable law. The Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002 has spent almost two years reviewing the ABA recommendations and then suggesting changes to Bar rules. The panel accepted some ABA proposed changes, but rejected others. The amendments clarify some conflict of interest rules, state that an attorney interviewed by a potential client owes a duty of confidentiality to that person even if another attorney is hired, and provide guidance to lawyers when they are hired to act as a third-party neutral. The changes also provide a safe harbor in the trial publicity rule and some alterations in duties of prosecutors. The report can be found on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org, by clicking on the “Organization” and “Special Committee” headings. September 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board approves ethics rules changes
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Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders love to be reminded how much Long Island rocks. Sure, there’s no place like home. We here at the Press prefer this sweet saying: “There’s no place like Long Island.”Why does Long Island rock? We’ll tell ya. 10. Apple PickingIf it weren’t for apple picking, we don’t know how we’d get over our end of summer doldrums. There’s something about returning home with a bucket full of fresh apples that makes the transition to cooler weather easier to endure. But make sure you don’t wait too late because these apples disappear fast.Ralph’s Italian Ice in Freeport (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons) 1. BeachesWhere else did you think we’d start with this list? Wherever you live on Long Island, you’re at most 30 minutes from a beach. Whether it’s located off a state park or it’s one of the Island’s many local getaways, this place is beach heaven from the Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. 11. Ralph’sWe tried hard not to single out any specific businesses but we would be derelict and morally irresponsible if we didn’t mention Ralph’s. There’s not one Long Islander who hasn’t enjoyed this Italian ice shop’s tantalizing menu of frozen treats. Indeed, you can go a whole summer without trying all its flavors. Now that we mention it, there’s one right across the street…The 1975 took The Paramount in Huntington by storm on Dec. 9, 2014. (Photo by Kafel Benn) 5. Craft BeerThis goes without saying. More than five years ago, the craft beer revolution invaded Long Island and ever since the number of microbreweries in Nassau and Suffolk counties has tripled. Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue may be the most famous but there are many smaller breweries producing mouth-watering ales, lagers, stouts, IPAs and more. You can’t go wrong with Long Island craft beer. 7. DowntownsThere’s nothing quite like living in a place with a vibrant downtown dotted with restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, craft beer bars and a decades-old movie theater yet to be taken over by corporate overlords. From Babylon, Huntington and Greenport to Port Washington and Bay Shore, LI’s downtowns are the reason we never want to leave. 4. FoodAdmittedly, we nearly dubbed No. 4 on this oh-so-important listicle “Diners.” But then we thought about how the Island has become a culinary playground and we realized it’s probably unfair to pigeonhole the region as simply the place for cheese fries and greasy omelettes. Instead, let’s highlight what we do best: Pizza? Check. Italian? Check. Spanish? Check. Cuban? Check. Japanese? Check. Chinese? Check. Greek? CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! Afghan? Check. We’d continue but we just dunked our faces in a plate of tzatziki-slathered chicken souvlaki with a side of kebabs, chicken parm, thin-crust pizza, wings, a lobster roll and some pad thai. [Read: “It’s Greek To Me: Syosset’s Mediterranean Masterpiece“]Barrage Brewing Company’s take on the popular “Black and Tan” beer, featuring YadaYadaYada and The Clancy. (Barrage Brewing Co./Facebook)RELATED: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUMMER ON FIRE ISLAND 9. FarmsSome western Nassau County residents are often shocked to discover that there are indeed farms on Long Island. Seriously, they can’t believe it. Head out any time of the year and pick up some fresh veggies and pies from eastern Long Island farm stands. Or visit Suffolk’s farm havens during the fall for some of the best autumn festivals around. Speaking of fall…(Photo credit: John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)RELATED: ULTIMATE LONG ISLAND CRAFT BEER & BREWERY GUIDE 12. 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The East End is now flooded with real and imagined wine connoisseurs who want to indulge in the incredible reds and whites produced to perfection by our local vineyards.Related: Long Island Wineries & Vineyards GuideGreenport’s downtown has been lively since the LIRR first stopped there in the 19th century. (photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr) 15. Garage SalesGarage sales—or yard sales—are so ubiquitous on Long Island that there’s actually a website dedicated to tracking them. No matter where you live on LI, you’ll no doubt find a garage sale near you. And who knows what kind of treasures you’ll come across? It’s a veritable consumer paradise! 8. DaycationsFace it, vacations are a lot of money. So why spend an exorbitant amount of cash traveling to a far-away land when you can pack the car and spend a weekend, or longer, along the waterfront or at a bed and breakfast in an idyllic East End town? Go to Greenport, let’s say, and you get to enjoy some damn good seafood, knock back a few brews at Greenport Brewing Co., head to nearby Jamesport for some vineyard action or take the ferry to Shelter Island and visit the historic Sylvester Manor. Don’t overlook the treasures we have right here at home. 2. New York City is so damn closeHop on a train and you’ll likely be in the best city in the world in an hour’s time. Of course, those who live out east will have a longer trek but that’s okay. People travel long distances to visit our dear metropolis, so we can deal with sitting in a train for a little while. Besides, if you’re not slouched on the train, how else will you enjoy the spectacle of our own drunk hooligans flirting, screaming, nodding off and hugging the LIRR toilet like their life depends upon it?