Several groups of 18-B attorneys have attacked the five bar associations suing New York City over proposed changes to its assigned counsel program for “abandoning” them in settlement talks and taking a position that “will substantially if not completely demolish the role of the private bar.”

Three groups, made up predominately of lawyers who accept assignments under Article 18-B of the County Law to represent the poor in criminal cases, have written to Manhattan Acting Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh urging him not to approve a settlement in New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA) v. Bloomberg, 107216/10.