Court Of Appeals Upholds City's Plan To Assign Both Non-Conflict And Conflict Criminal Cases to Legal Aid

On October 30, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the City's plan to assign both non-conflict and conflict criminal cases to The Legal Aid Society. Steven Banks, The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief, reported that the Society "had intervened in this case in 2010 because the litigation by various 18-B groups and bar associations to block the plan prevented the City from allocating to the Society our full criminal defense client caseload and the funding associated with it."

Banks also said that "we greatly appreciate the outstanding representation that Board Vice Chair Daniel Kolb and the litigation team at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP provided to The Legal Aid Society." In addition, he thanked The Legal Aid Society's staff for their support and assistance as the Society successfully litigated this matter.