Nonprofit bankruptcy advice is protected speech, court told


By Emily Lever (May 12, 2022, 4:24 p.m. EDT) – A legal technology nonprofit told a federal judge in New York on Thursday that its plan to offer counseling to low-income debtors in court in the bankruptcy must be allowed to proceed, arguing that counseling is protected by First Amendment rights and does not violate state laws limiting who can practice law.

UpSolve — a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education — and the South Bronx pastor he partners with on the venture asked U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty of the Southern District of New York to protect them from prosecution by the State of New York for providing legal services…

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