Defining the ‘Practice of Law’ After ‘Matter of Brandes’

Defining the 'Practice of Law' After 'Matter of Brandes' by Chris McDonough

This article was published in the NYLJ.

Joel Brandes was disbarred by the Appellate Division, Second Department on April 28, 2002. After waiting the required seven years, he first applied for reinstatement in 2009. That application was denied in an order which merely stated that he did not possess the character and fitness to practice law. Important to this tale is the fact that on this initial application he revealed that he was doing paralegal work for New York attorneys over the Internet from his home in Florida.1

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