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The American Bar Association has indefinitely postponed any decision on allowing lawyers to split fees and form partnerships with nonlawyer professionals. On August 10, the ABA’s House of Delegates overwhelmingly adopted a report stating that it would not change those rules unless and until further study showed changes would benefit the public without sacrificing lawyers’ independence or loyalty to clients. “It’s clearly a victory,” said Lawrence J. Fox, a delegate from Pennsylvania and a vocaldetractor of MDPs. He says the issue of MDP is unlikely to come before the ABA again until the group’s July 2000 meeting in New York.

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