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Publication Title

ABA Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly

Publication Date

Spring 1999


"Ends of the Legal Profession" was the topic of the plenary session at the Tax Section's Midyear Meeting this past January. Five distinguished panelists discussed the recent and ongoing growth of accounting firms into areas traditionally serviced by law firms, and contemplated the future of the legal profession in light of the evolution of multidisciplinary firms. The discussion followed last summer's appointment by ABA President Philip Anderson of a Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice, which he charged with studying how professional services firms operated by accountants and other nonlawyers are seeking to provide legal services to the public. Although the tax consulting practices of Big Five accounting firms are the Commission's primary focus, other types of legal services are targeted, as well.