Starting today, New Yorkers will have access to more facts about lawyers through the state court system's Web site, including information about whether they have been suspended or disbarred.
The Unified Court System said the Web site (www.nycourts.gov) will detail the year lawyers were admitted to the bar in New York and the law school they attended.
Until now, the "attorney registration" section of the court system's Web site allowed visitors to type in an attorney's name, but gave only the lawyer's registration number, the name of the law firm he or she practiced in, its address and telephone number. It also included a disclaimer that being listed "does not imply that the attorney is in good standing."
David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the court system, said the additional information is being offered as a service to legal consumers. He also said there have been complaints that people were preying on communities with a high percentage of recent immigrant arrivals by portraying themselves as lawyers.