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Lawyers should be urging their friends and families to the polls this November if only to vote in favor of a New York Constitutional Convention, an opportunity that will not be available again until 2037.

First, as attorneys we are aware more than most that the structure of New York’s court system, often called the most Byzantine and convoluted in the nation, exacts a heavy toll on its users, especially those who can least afford the waste of time, money, and stress its confusion and inefficiency exacts. Lawyers also know that blue ribbon commission after blue ribbon commission has recommended restructuring—the most recent, the Dunne Commission, estimated potential savings to the state in the range of $500 million a year—and that there is no reasonable hope that the legislature will adopt that recommendation.

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